Wednesday, February 24, 2016

18th Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners

Yesterday the guild had their awards ceremony and to my surprise I find winners well-deserved even when are not necessary the ones I was hoping for.

There is only one more guild to go and all the guilds would have announced their winners, but this late in the awards season race to Oscars -which is next Sunday- no surprises shall come and top-contenders trends will continue to be not interesting for me. Sigh. Gosh, maybe next year Oscars will be as used to be, interesting to follow and interesting to watch.

No doubt that what was really interesting is Cate Blanchett being honored with the Spotlight Award. In this photo we see Cate and Sandy Powell; Powell is responsible for Carol's costumes.  Yes the very disappointing trend continues, Carol was snubbed once again, sigh.

If you wish to check winners in TV and other categories go official site here. Winners are in *BLUE.

Nominees for the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA), which celebrates excellence in film, television, and short form costume design, were announced today.

The CDGA ceremony, one of the most prestigious and well-respected entertainment industry awards season events, celebrates the spirit of creative and engaging storytelling through costume design on both the big and small screen. The winners of the seven competitive awards will be revealed at the black-tie gala on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Really like the Lacoste brand, so will reproduce the complete press release with lots of Lacoste promotion (lol); goes like this ...

Continuing its long-time support of the Guild, LACOSTE is returning as Presenting Sponsor of the CDGA. In the past year, LACOSTE has been featured in films such as Spotlight, Pitch Perfect 2, and Ricki and the Flash, as well as in numerous television shows including Scream Queens, Bloodline, Jane the Virgin, and Saturday Night Live.

This year’s LACOSTE Spotlight Award will be presented to two-time Academy Award® winning actress, Cate Blanchett. Acclaimed film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Quentin Tarantino will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award in recognition of his support of Costume Design and creative partnerships with Costume Designers. An Honorary Career Achievement Award will be presented to Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick for her outstanding work in film and television. Revered Master Dyer Edwina Pellikka will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award.

“I would like to congratulate all of the nominees of the 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards. We look forward to celebrating the work of our members as well as this year’s honorees at our awards gala on February 23rd,” said Salvador Perez, President of the Costume Designers Guild Local #892.

Excellence in Contemporary Film
*Jenny Eagan for Beasts of No Nation
Michael Wilkinson for Joy
Arianne Phillips for Kingsman: The Secret Service
Janty Yates for The Martian
Carlo Poggioli for Youth

Excellence in Period Film
Odile Dicks-Mireaux for Brooklyn
Sandy Powell for Carol
Kate Hawley for Crimson Peak
*Paco Delgado for The Danish Girl
Daniel Orlandi for Trumbo

Excellence in Fantasy Film
Sandy Powell for Cinderella
Sammy Sheldon Differ for Ex Machina
Kurt and Bart for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
*Jenny Beavan for Mad Max: Fury Road
Michael Kaplan for Star Wars: The Force Awarkens

To check nominees in TV and other categories go news via event company here and later to official site here, as haven't updated yet.

Not easy for me to select my winner/best in the Contemporary category as costumes tend to be of the too much "normal" side and do not see clearly how costumes designs contribute to storytelling.  But obviously Period and Fantasy categories are a lot easier, so in Period I'm torn between The Danish Girl, Trumbo, Carol and Brooklyn (lol) and in Fantasy my vote definitively goes to Cinderella as I love the visuals in Ex Machina but the costumes? I do not know.  My crystal ball tells me that for Oscars the nominees will come more from Period films than from other categories.

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