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Gowns, Prizes, and Glenn Close at the Costume Design Guild Awards

Kate Walsh's dressed in Fatal Attraction drag for the Glenn Close tribute at the CDG Awardsby Nathaniel R

The Costume Design Guild Awards were held in Los Angeles last night with the actress Kate Walsh hosting. Crazy Rich Asians (contemporary), The Favourite (period), and Black Panther (fantasy) took their top prizes. But there's more to the CDG awards than just those three top winners -- perhaps you've noticed we obsess on Costume Design a little bit?

Though the awards aren't televised one of the highlights surely must have been Kate Walsh dressing as Fatal Attraction's iconic villainess Alex Forrest (pictured left) for the Glenn Close portion of the ceremony! A complete list of winners, Oscar correlative statistic notes, favourite gowns from the ceremony, and image galleries for their winners and some personal thoughts on highlights where Glenn Close and Costume Design intersect... 

 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

Among the contemporary nominees we would have voted for Oceans 8 but Crazy Rich Asians makes a good winner, don't you think?

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

Sandy Powell has been an Oscar nominee 14 times winning for 3 of those honors. Her record at the CDGs is 8 nominations and 2 wins. The  CDG only started handing out their awards in 1998 so that explains the lesser honors there...though it's quite funny that Sandy Powell was not nominated at their inauguaral awards even though she was double-nominated at the Oscars that same year (Shakespeare in Love and Velvet Goldmine) and won! Powell was also given a Career Achievement Award at the CDGs the year she won for The Young Victoria. Why they give special awards in years where the person is expected to win in a competitive category is a mystery to us (they did the same thing for Ruth E Carter this year !!!) 

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

Ruth E Carter has three Oscar nominations to date (previously for Amistad and Malcolm X).  Black Panther represents her best chance to actually win the Oscar. Carter's first two Oscar nominations came before the CDG was handing out prizes so they've only nominated her twice -- the first time was for Selma (Oscar skipped her) and now she's won for Black Panther. They also gave her a special career prize this year.

Excellence in Contemporary Television

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 ★

Sharen Davis's feature career (highlights: Dreamgirls, Ray, Django Unchained) has slown down a bit so we're glad to see her get a delicious gig on TV.  Lou Eyrich doesn't usually lose for American Horror Story (she's won for 4 of her 6 nominations on American Horror Story) so this qualifies as a small surprise.  

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

We're always curious about these costume design wins / nominations for RuPaul's Drag Race since the contestants famously bring their own costumes to the show. Is it the work done on RuPaul alone? Or do all the judges get costuming help? We love Drag Race but would 1000% have voted for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert in this field for dozens of reasons but Brandon Victor Dixon's disco chain metal top being the best one. 

Excellence in Short Form Design

  • Adidas: "See My Creativity", commercial, Bonnie Staunch
  • Childish Gambino: “This is America”, music video, Natasha Newman-Thomas ★
  • Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road: The Legacy, short film, Charlie Altuna
  • Justin Timberlake: “Supplies” Directed by Dave Myers, music video, Ami Goodhart
  • Nespresso: “The Quest”, commercial, Jenny Eagan


While the ceremony was getting underway over here on our side of the country I decided to tweet out some personal favourite moments when the art of Costume Design and the art of being Glenn Close intersected. Rather than rewriting I'mma just share those because the season is exhausting y'all and we still have so much to cover in the final week of Oscar hoopla. 



But just so you know I did get called out on skipping Reversal of Fortune. I didn't mean to but I couldn't tweet all night!


CDG to Oscar Statistics since we thought you'd like to know
Since the CDG came up with their current three category system (Period/Fantasy/Contemporary) back in 2005, the Oscar winner has always been a CDG NOMINEE but, interestingly, the Oscar winner is only drawn from the CDG wins half the time (and then always from either period or fantasy, never contemporary). So this is an Oscar race between The Favourite and Black Panther (as long suspected) but statistically Mary Queen of Scots and Mary Poppins Returns are definitely not out of the running though Buster Scruggs essentially is (because it wasn't a CDG nominee.)

2018: 4/5 Oscar. Took 3 from Period, 1 from Fantasy. Oscar added: Ballad of Buster Scruggs         
         Oscar winner: TBA

2017: 3/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 1 from Fantasy. Oscar added: Victoria & Abdul and Darkest Hour
         Oscar winner: Phantom Thread (which did not win the CDG)

2016: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 1 from Fantasy, and 1 from Contemporary. Oscar added: Allied
         Oscar winner: Fantastic Beasts (which did not win the CDG)

2015: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 2 from Fantasy. Oscar added: The Revenant
         Oscar winner: Mad Max Fury Road (which won the CDG in "Fantasy")

2014: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 2 from Fantasy. Oscar added: Mr Turner
         Oscar winner: Grand Budapest Hotel (which won the CDG in "Period")

2013: 3/5  Oscar. Took 3 from Period. Oscar added: The Grandmaster and Invisible Woman
         Oscar winner: The Great Gatsby (which did not win the CDG)

2012: 5/5 Oscar. Took 3 from Period and 2 from Fantasy. Didn't add.
         Oscar winner: Anna Karenina (which won the CDG in "Period")

2011: 4/5 Oscar. Took 4 from Period. Oscar added: Anonymous 
 Oscar winner: The Artist (which did not win the CDG)

2010: 4/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 2 from fantasy. Oscar added: I Am Love
 Oscar winner: Alice in Wonderland (which won the CDG in "Fantasy")

2009: 4/5 Oscar. Took 3 from Period, 1 from fantasy. Oscar added: Bright Star 
Oscar winner: Young Victoria (which won the CDG in "Period")

2008: 4/5 Oscar. Took 4 from Period. Oscar added: Australia
          Oscar winner: The Duchess (which won the CDG in "Period")

2007: 4/5 Oscar. Took 4 from Period. Oscar added: Across the Universe
          Oscar winner: Elizabeth: The Golden Age (which did not win the CDG)

2006: 5/5 Oscar. Took 3 from Period, 2 from contemporary!!! Didn't add.
          Oscar winner: Marie Antoinette (which did not win the CDG)

2005: 3/5 Oscar. Took 2 from Period, 1 from Fantasy. Oscar added: Mrs Henderson Presents, Pride & Prejudice             Oscar winner: Memoirs of a Geisha (which won the CDG in "Period") 

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Reader Comments (9)

I think have I more invested in Ruth Carter's win at the Oscars than for almost any other category.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHustler

Drag Race submits for the work on RuPaul for any costume, makeup, and hair awards. Zaldy has designed almost every drag costume he's worn on the show for years.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

Whenever I think of The World According to Garp the first thing is Jenny Fields in her nurse outfit yelling out the window, "Garp bit Bonky!"

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

That Wrinkle in Time nomination is preposterous. I haven't seen anything so ugly since Eyesoar in Wonderland.

I want Ruth Carter to win for the legacy, but Sandy did the best job of the year (of any year) in The Favourite.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I'd love BLACK PANTHER to win the Oscar, but the Academy have shown time and time again that movies like THE FAVOURITE are what they expect from costume design. I can only hope for a BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA style "duh, even the academy can't ignore this" win but I sadly don't know if I hold much hope.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

The internet speculating on a Colman upset has me upset. Too much is going on in Close's favor. Were she to lose it's simply Close being cursed.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

@/3rtful If the internet had its way Julianne Moore would've lost to Rosamund Pike.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBruno

I can only hope for a BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA style "duh, even the academy can't ignore this" win but I sadly don't know if I hold much hope.

Black Panther never approaches anything like the walking sculpture work of the late Japanese costume designer of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Coppola spent much of the budget on the costumes than he did the sets.

That makes me feel better.

February 20, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Could someone familiar with the CDG rules answer a question for me? When a television series like "The Man in the High Castle" (based on an alternate history science fiction story set in America following an Axis victory in WWII) is considered for a nomination, what decides whether it is placed in Excellence in Period Television versus Excellence in Science Fiction / Fantasy Television? Thanks !

February 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCarl

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