Costume Design Guild Nominations
Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 12:01PM
NATHANIEL R in BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Costume Design, Lindy Hemming, Oscar Trivia, Oscars (18), Paddington 2, Sandy Powell, precursor awards

by Nathaniel R

Paddington 2's great costumes were snubbed by BAFTA last year and the CDG this year. But Lindy Hemming won the Oscar for Topsy Turvy (1999) without either of those nominations so there's still hope.The Costume Design Guild was founded in 1953 with an initial group of 30 members. Today they have an international membership of 700+. They've been giving out awards since 1999 but the categories weren't fully as they are know (period/costume/fantasy) until 2005.

Though their tastes do align with Oscar it's difficult to wholly prognosticate from their awards since the Oscar nominees are generally a mix of their Period and Fantasy nominees with an extra title thrown in (plus every once in a while the costume branch within the Academy will surprise with a contemporary nominee). Much more frequently Oscar will just add one film that wasn't honored at all by the CDG! They do it nearly all the time actually (10 out of the last 12 years). The point is a film is not out of the running if it wasn't honored at CDG, especially if it has a previously Oscar nominated costume designer behind it. That's potentially good news for five well regarded costumers who missed the CDG today: Linda Hemming (Paddington 2), Mary Zophres (First Man), Milena Canonero (The Sisters Brothers), Joanna Johnston (Welcome to Marwen), and Colleen Atwood (Fantastic Beasts: Grindelwald). That's not so good news for Caroline Eselin (If Beale Street Could Talk) who missed a CDG nomination today, since Oscar has yet to notice her.

We'll share the stats after the nominations at the bottom of this post so you'll have a clearer picture.  Ready? Let's talk costumes...

 Excellence in Contemporary Film

You know why even have a contemporary category if you can't notice the genius of what the designer was doing with Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick in A Simple Favor? I like all five of these movies they nominated but none of them is quite A Simple Favor's equal in this regard. Another contemporary film that had good costume design this year was I Feel Pretty... but people rarely vote on craft but on the film itself (sigh) -- if it's in the awards mix it's in the awards mix regardless. 

Excellence in Period Film

We're expecting this to be the Oscar list (minus BlacKkKlansman plus Black Panther). Noticeably missing in this list are The Sisters Brothers (designed by Oscar favourite Milena Canonero), If Beale Street Could Talk (Caroline Eselin),  First Man (Mary Zophres) and Cold War (Ola Staszko)

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

WHERE IS PADDINGTON 2 ??? The costuming in that was insanely good, and superior to all of these save Black Panther. Was Suspiria ignored here or in Period? It's hard to know where Horror films place themselves. But it looks like they didn't respond to A Quiet Place's knitwear. Noticeably missing here (not that we're complaining) is Fantastic Beasts 2 since you'll recall that Fantastic Beasts 1 won the Costume Design Oscar in its year


Excellence in Contemporary Television

So happy that Grace & Frankie gets regular nominations here because the costuming is very strong and character precise.

Excellence in Period Television

Good list, right?

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television

I don't watch enough TV to know if we're missing anything great in this regard. What do you think of the list?

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television

Brandon Victor Dixon's Judas costume alone should earn this award (we hope)

Excellence in Short Form Design

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Who would you vote for in these fields? 


CDG to Oscar Statistics

2018: TBD
2017: 3/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 1 from Fantasy. Added Victoria & Abdul and Darkest Hour)
2016: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 1 from Fantasy, and 1 from Contemporary !!!. Added Allied)
2015: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 2 from Fantasy. Added The Revenant)
2014: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 2 from Fantasy. Added Mr Turner
2013: 3/5  Oscar. Took 3 from Period. Added two The Grandmaster and Invisible Woman)
2012: 5/5 Oscar. Took 3 from Period and 2 from Fantasy. Didn't add.
2011: 4/5 Oscar. Took 4 from Period. Added Anonymous 
2010: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 2 from fantasy. Added I Am Love
2009: 4/5 Oscar. Took 3 from Period, 1 from fantasy. Added Bright Star 
2008: 4/5 Oscar. Took 4 from Period. Added Australia
2007: 4/5 Oscar. Took 4 from Period. Added Across the Universe
      2006: 5/5 Oscar. Took 3 from Period, 2 from contemporary!!! Didn't add.

As you can see from this list, Oscar's costuming branch nearly always adds a title that was not previously honored by the CDG so be careful in your predictions. 


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