Oscars 2018: CDG Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild also announced their nominations today. They separate their awards the way the Art Directors Guild does. Three categories: Period, Fantasy, Contemporary. And, as with ADG, pretty much you only have to focus on Period or Fantasy, because contemporary costumes never get nominated. You know this category — the frillier, the better.

This year should be pretty easy for us, since we have two period royalty pieces, a big Marvel movie with lots of ethnic costumes, and Mary Poppins. The category basically fills itself out.

Here are your Costume Designers Guild nominees for 2018:

Excellence in Period Film


Bohemian Rhapsody

The Favourite

Mary Poppins Returns

Mary, Queen of Scots

The Academy will never be able to pass up Mary Queen of Scots and The Favourite in the final category. And Mary Poppins is basically a shoo-in, even if it can’t get any of the big nominations they’re trying to land with it. That’s 3/5 right there, and you already know what’s coming in the next category.

Really this one’s gonna be about figuring out that final nominee, and it just might end up being Bohemian Rhapsody.

So really, this one feels pretty straightforward.

Excellence in Sci Fi/Fantasy Film


Avengers Infinity War

Black Panther

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

A Wrinkle in Time

You can pretty much boil this one to Black Panther vs. the field. I mean, sure, anyone can win at the guild, but when it comes to the Oscars, only one of these has a shot in the actual category.

Black Panther is the only contender worth noting from this field.

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Crazy Rich Asians

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Ocean’s 8

A Star Is Born


Only three of these can win. Doesn’t really matter which it is, because any one of these getting nominated at the Oscars would be nigh unprecedented. Nothing wrong with that, but for those trying to guess stuff, not exactly the route you want to assume will come through.

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So there you have it.

Looking at the other precursors, BFCA has the exact same category as I was suggesting might be the final one: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Mary Poppins and Mary Queen of Scots. BAFTA has the final four, no Black Panther and instead The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Which you also can’t rule out, since they do like a western in this category.

I’m not really sure who else is around contention except maybe BlacKkKlansman, possibly First Man or Green Book (but those would come a bit out of nowhere, wouldn’t they?). Otherwise… I’m not sure what else feels like it could come almost out of nowhere. I think I’m leaning toward that BFCA category. But we’ll see what I can come up with for alternatives in the next ten days.

The Underseen list is coming later today, whenever I can finish it.

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