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Oscars 2019: CDG Awards

The Costume Designers Guild handed out their awards tonight.

The winner in Period was Jojo Rabbit.

The winner in Contemporary was Knives Out.

And the winner in Fantasy was Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.

As a reminder, the Oscar category consists of The Irishman, Jojo, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Little Women. It should be noted that only Jojo and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood were nominated here at the guild, so it’s not the biggest help in the world. And since BFCA gave their award to a film that wasn’t nominated (Dolemite Is My Name), we’re basically waiting on BAFTA to tell us how this one’s gonna go.

But hey, at least Chris Evans’ sweater won something, right?

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Oscars 2019: CDG Nominations

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…)

Oscars 2018: CDG Awards

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.

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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: (more…)

Oscars 2017: CDG Awards

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.

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Oscars 2017: CDG Nominations

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…)

Oscars 2016: CDG Awards

… 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.

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Oscars 2016: CDG Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced nominees today.

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Captain Fantastic

La La Land


Nocturnal Animals

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

The Dressmaker

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hail, Caesar!

Hidden Figures


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

Doctor Strange

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.

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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.

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DGA nominations out in a few hours.

Oscars 2015: CDG Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards this evening.

Excellence in Period Film went to The Danish Girl. That and Carol were the only two nominated films in that category.

Excellence in Fantasy Film went to Mad Max: Fury Road, which beat Cinderella, another nominee.

Excellence in Contemporary Film went to Beasts of No Nation. That category is always a wash because contemporary films never get nominated for costumes.

Pretty much this tells us that Mad Max is probably winning yet another category, since Cinderella has lost to it heads up at least twice now in precursors, and it’s won just about everything so far.

Though it’s worth noting that The Revenant was not nominated here and still could theoretically sneak in a win at the Oscars.

Oscars 2015: CDG Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild announced their nominees today. It’s always nice when they do, because they are actually expansive about their nominations, nominating in three different categories. Whereas the Academy just picks whatever five best period costumes there were most of the time. (You know they do.)

Here, at least, we get contemporary, fantasy and period. So you actually get the costume designers picking what jobs they liked best in an expansive (but not obscene. Looking at you, Annie Awards and VFX awards) way.

Here are your Costume Designers Guild nominations: (more…)

Oscars 2014 : CDG Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards last night.

Not surprisingly, The Grand Budapest Hotel won in the Period category, en route to a pretty easy Oscar win, it seems (a la Gatsby last year).

Into the Woods won in the Fantasy category, which also doesn’t seem that surprising. Colleen Atwood, big musical, Oscar nomination — there you go.

Oh, and then, Birdman won for Contemporary, which basically tells you everything you need to know about this year’s Oscar race. Every single guild has singled out Birdman for something, and now the only question is — does it win, or does it end up like Gravity last year? (more…)

Oscars 2014: CDG Nominations

And now the Costume Designers. They’re always fun. Like Production Design, because they separate into eras.

This is also a notoriously both easy and difficult category to pick, because they tend toward obvious period pieces (they haven’t met a Victorian piece they didn’t like) and always ignore the contemporary stuff, but also just go with completely random shit (Madonna’s movie got nominated for Costumes).

So that in mind, here are your nominees for the 2014 CDG Awards: (more…)

Oscars 2013 Update: CDG Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild announced their nominations. Here they are:

Excellence in Period Film

American Hustle

12 Years a Slave

Dallas Buyers Club

The Great Gatsby

Saving Mr. Banks (more…)

Oscars 2012 Update: Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards last night. Two of the nominees won.

Anna Karenina won for Period Film.

Mirror Mirror won for Fantasy Film.

Skyfall won for Contemporary Film.

None of these wins are surprising at all. And I think we all agree Anna Karenina is a huge favorite to win the Oscar category. So, no surprises at all.

Oscars 2012 Update: Costume Designers Guild Nominations

The Costume Designers Guild Nominations were announced today. About a week too late, but — they’re here.

That leaves MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) as the only guild left to announce their nominees (unless they’re being really quiet about it).

This means nothing, since we have our Oscar category, but — they’re here.


Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Silver Linings Playbook


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