Our second guild of the day, the Costume Designers. Frills, frills and more frills. If there’s one thing I know about them, Downton Abbey got on, Quentin got on and Tim Burton got on. The rest we’re just gonna wait and see. They’re nothing if not predictable. Honestly, just look up Sandy Powell and Colleen Atwood and assume that they’re on no matter what they worked on, and possibly even more than once. It’s the guild, man. They vote for their favorites. Don’t pretend like Roger Deakins doesn’t have like, 17 ASC nominations (okay, 15. And he has 14 Oscar nominations, so it wasn’t the best comparison. Leave me alone, I’m rambling. Just go with it. Sometimes you gotta fill an intro and you’ve got nothing because it’s costumes).
CDG has three categories, same as ADG: Period, Fantasy and Contemporary. You’re only looking at the first two for the category, but this year, it should be pretty obvious what the major contenders are. The same films should get nominated up and down the line, and we’re just whittling it out based on most versus least nominations.
As a reminder, BFCA nominated Dolemite, Downton, Irishman, Little Women, Once Upon a Time and Rocketman for their costumes award. So let’s see what CDG did.
Here are your Costume Designers Guild nominees for 2019: (more…)
The Costume Designers Guild Awards were tonight.
To absolutely no one’s surprise, The Favourite won in Period, Black Panther won in Fantasy and Crazy Rich Asians won in Contemporary. I could have written all of that before the ceremony, that’s how obvious those selections were.
So that’s it. That’s the last of the precursors. We’re done here. Oscar voting closed today at 5, and you’ve got every piece of information you’re gonna get. Oscars are on Sunday, and I’ve got a 50,000 word article ready to be uncorked. So get ready for that.
– – – – – – – – – –
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: (more…)
The Costume Designers Guild handed out their awards last night.
The Period award went to The Shape of Water.
The Fantasy award went to Wonder Woman.
The Contemporary Award went to I, Tonya.
For those who think this is a big blow against Phantom Thread’s chances in this category on Oscar night, just know that the Oscar winner in three of the past six years straight up lost this category at the guild. All this really tells you is that The Shape of Water is now something you gotta factor into the Costumes race a little bit more (which I’d hope you’d end up doing anyway, given the 13 overall nominations).
One more major guild left to announce — CAS on Saturday (and the Makeup & Hairstylists Guild as well, but I don’t think we need them just yet to gauge that category). We’re two weeks out and we’re just about all set, guys.
– – – – – – – – – –
The Costume Designers Guild announced their nominations. Similar to the production designers — three categories: period, fantasy, contemporary. All of which will be focused into a singular category at the Oscars, mainly consisting of period and fantasy.
The one question we’re likely to ponder this year is — I, Tonya… contemporary or period? How long ago do we truly consider 1994, and just how old do we all want to feel?
I’ll leave that right there for you as we get into the nominees: (more…)
… And there’s your last guild. From here on out it’s just straight up guessing. Remember the Scientific Method? You do all your experiments testing laundry detergents or whatever you did for science fair and then there’s that analysis portion where you make graphs and stuff. That’s where we’re at now.
Anyway, the Costume Designers Guild announced their awards tonight. And surprisingly — or not surprisingly — they gave us absolutely no help at all.
Hidden Figures won for Best Period Costumes, Doctor Strange won for Best Fantasy Costumes and La La Land won for Best Contemporary Costumes. La La Land is the only film actually nominated. Fantastic Beasts was nominated in Fantasy and lost, and Florence Foster Jenkins and Jackie both lost in Period.
So we waited all this time for them to announce, and they told us squadoosh. Thanks, guys.
– – – – – – – – – –
The Costume Designers Guild announced nominees today.
Excellence in Contemporary Film
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
La La Land
Contemporary almost never gets nominated, though La La Land will buck that trend this year. The Martian technically did last year, but usually space movies get labeled as fantasy. Still, I wouldn’t expect more than La La Land to make it on the list this year, even if Nocturnal Animals sounds like something they could nominate.
Excellence in Period Film
Florence Foster Jenkins
This is your bread and butter.
Jackie will be nominated. Florence Foster Jenkins seems likely. The Dressmaker stands a decent chance, since costumers don’t really go by what the “big” films were and pick based solely on costumes. Hail Caesar would be an interesting one. My gut says no, but it’s definitely possible. Hidden Figures could also easily make it, though that seems like a bland choice for them.
Surprised to see no Love & Friendship here. They tend to go for overt period costuming like that.
Excellence in Fantasy Film
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Kubo and the Two Strings
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Love seeing Kubo on here. There’s a lot of love for that film all around. And I hope it matters in the final voting, but I’m sure it won’t.
Tim Burton movies always get guild nominations. This one shouldn’t get an Oscar nomination too. It’s just not loved enough for that. Even Alice in Wonderland had some sort of likability factor going for it. This one stands no chance.
Rogue One — I doubt it. Star Wars last year didn’t get on, so I have no reason to think this is any different.
Fantastic Beasts stands a decent shot, even though it’s weird for me to fathom a Harry Potter movie getting multiple Oscar nominations, since they so rarely got anything before.
– – – – –
Costume Design is always a tricky one, since there’s always a random one or two that manages to get on. Or you figure, “They can’t miss with these corsets,” and then it’s nowhere to be found, even though normally that wouldn’t be anywhere near the Oscars. You can usually get 3/5, but guessing those last two can be real tricky.
Off-hand, movies that seem like they have some period/flashy costumes they might like…
Live by Night is always a fringe contender, but it feels like that ended up too little too late to make any noise.
Allied would normally be a big player here, but it feels like an afterthought.
Silence… doubtful. Rules Don’t Apply is period. That jumped out at me. But again, maybe that gets one or two token nominations in random categories, if that. Maybe a fringe contender at best.
Loving is period, but probably too subdued for them.
The Birth of a Nation, had it made any more noise, would have made a showing somewhere.
I mean… yeah. This might be what your category is. La La Land, Jackie, Florence, and then a combination of either The Dressmaker, Love & Friendship, Hail Caesar, Fantastic Beasts and maybe Hidden Figures. We have a week, but that’s sounding pretty good to me right now.
– – – – – – – – – –
DGA nominations out in a few hours.