The Costume Designers Guild has sewn a gilded thread in the awards race for several Oscar hopefuls.
Leading the industry organization’s list of annual honorees are costume veterans like Sandy Powell (a double nominee for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns) and previously announced Career Achievement recipient Ruth E. Carter (who also landed a nomination for her work on Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther).
“The research is applied to the design and in a way that infuses tribal customs, the artistry of Africa, materials, techniques, textures, color palettes — all kinds of things that create the symbolism you see in the costume design,” Carter told EW of working on the monumental film in October. “What [Marvel] has is a superhero model; what you infuse is the African culture that needs to tell the story of the time and place.”
Other prospective Oscar contenders also appeared across the guild’s three film categories, including A Star is Born‘s Erin Benach, Crazy Rich Asians‘ Mary E. Vogt, BlacKkKlansman‘s Marci Rodgers, Mary Queen of Scots‘ Alexandra Byrne, and Bohemian Rhapsody designer Julian Day.
Since the start of awards season, Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman have made significant strides in the Oscar race for Best Picture, receiving major nominations from nearly all of the industry precursor groups that share membership with the Academy, including the Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Directors Guild of America.
On the television side, lavishly costumed projects like The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld, and RuPaul’s Drag Race were also recognized with nominations in their respective categories. Ryan Murphy will receive the guild’s Distinguished Collaborator award for his contributions as a producer of heavily costumed projects.
Comprised of roughly 1,000 members across the entertainment industry, the CDG represents costume designers, assistant costume designers, and illustrators in Hollywood. With a number of members also crossing over into the Academy, it’s likely that the final Oscar category for costume design will include multiple CDGA nominees. Last year, three of the CDGA nominees received Oscar nods: Beauty and the Beast, The Shape of Water, and Phantom Thread.
Winners for the 21st CDGA Awards will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Read on for a full list of nominees.
Excellence in Contemporary Film A Star Is Born – Erin Benach Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – Michele Clapton Ocean’s 8 – Sarah Edwards Widows – Jenny Eagan
Excellence in Period Film BlacKkKlansman – Marci Rodgers Bohemian Rhapsody – Julian Day The Favourite – Sandy Powell Mary Poppins Returns – Sandy Powell Mary Queen of Scots – Alexandra Byrne
Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film A Wrinkle in Time – Paco Delgado Aquaman – Kym Barrett The Avengers: Infinity War – Judianna Makovsky Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter The Nutcracker and the Four Realms – Jenny Beavan
Excellence in Contemporary Television The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach Grace and Frankie – Allyson B. Fanger The Romanoffs – Janie Bryant & Wendy Chuck Sharp Objects – Alix Friedberg This Is Us – Hala Bahmet
Excellence in Period Television The Alienist – Michael Kaplan Glow – Beth Morgan The Man in the High Castle – Catherine Adair The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska Outlander – Nina Ayres & Terry Dresbach
Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television American Horror Story: Apocalypse – Paula Bradley & Lou Eyrich The Handmaid’s Tale – Ane Crabtree Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events – Cynthia Summers Star Trek: Discovery – Gersha Phillips Westworld – Sharen Davis
Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert – Paul Tazewell The Late Late Show with James Corden – Lauren Shapiro RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian So You Think You Can Dance – Marina Toybina