The nominations are out for the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, which celebrate costume design excellence for film, television and commercials. This year's nominees were announced on January 17, 2013, and there's no question that some stunning work has been noted for praise. I was especially happy to see nominations for movies whose costumes I felt were strong yet perhaps underappreciated this season, like Stephani Lewis's work for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Jany Temime's sleek creations for Skyfall, and Jacqueline West's spot-on period looks for Argo, none of which received Oscar nods this year. The CDGA did spotlight the typical brilliance and excess of the much-missed, late Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror, which made an interesting counterpoint to the darker, more subdued creations by Colleen Atwood for Snow White and the Huntsman (both of which were also given Oscar nods this season).
Among the television nominees, it was nice to see much-deserved nominations for Jill Ohanneson's sleek Hamptons-inspired chic for "Revenge," Molly Maginnis's vibrant work for "Smash" (honestly, the costumes are a real bright spot of the show), and I especially loved seeing Alonzo Wilson and Ann Walters honored for their eclectic, subtle yet beautiful work on the latest season of HBO's "Treme." Meanwhile, when it comes to period design work this past season, nothing topped the always sumptuous work of Caroline McCall for "Downton Abbey," Michele Clapton for "Game of Thrones," or Dunn and Padovani for "Boardwalk Empire," all of which featured costumes that I felt were actually even more jaw-dropping and lovely than their previous seasons.
The CDG Awards celebrate the spirit of collaboration between costume designers and the actors and directors with whom they work, and the winners of this year's seven competitive awards will be revealed at the gala awards event taking place on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Check out the announcement article here for a complete look at this year's nominees.
Daniel Craig and Berenice Marlohe in Skyfall. © 2012 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.