Costume Designers Guild Awards: ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Danish Girl,’ ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Take Film Honors



The 18th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards took place last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Big stars such as Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Quentin Tarantino and more were in attendance at the event, which honored the best in costume design in film and television.

The winners in film included Jenny Eagan for “Beasts of No Nation” in contemporary film. Paco Delgado’s work on “The Danish Girl” pulled over a surprise win in the period film category, beating favorite Sandy Powell (“Carol”). Powell also lost out in the fantasy film category (her work on “Cinderella” was nominated) to “Mad Max: Fury Road” costume designer Jenny Beaven.

“American Horror Story: Hotel,” “The Knick,” and “Game of Thrones” won on the television side.

Blanchett was honored at the event with the Lacoste Award. Sandy Powell, Blanchett’s costume designer for “Carol,” presented the award to the actress “for her unparalleled talent as much as for her status within the costume design community.”

Tarantino was also honored at the event. “The Hateful Eight” director was given the Distinguished Collaborator Award. Of the award, Tarantino said, “I’ve always taken costumes very seriously. It’s why I made such a big deal of the black suits in Reservoir Dogs. Every guy looks better in a black suit.”

A win at the CDG Awards does not guarantee an Oscar win. The winner of a CDG Award has only gone on to win at the Oscars in eight of 16 years. Last year’s period film winner, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” did go on to win at the Oscars, however.

Full List of 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners (winners in bold):

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Beasts of No Nation – Jenny Eagan

Joy – Michael Wilkinson

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Arianne Phillips

The Martian – Janty Yates

Youth – Carlo Poggioli

Excellence in Period Film

The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado

Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux

Carol – Sandy Powell

Crimson Peak – Kate Hawley

Trumbo – Daniel Orlandi

Excellence in Fantasy Film

Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan

Cinderella – Sandy Powell

Ex Machina – Sammy Sheldon Differ

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 – Kurt and Bart

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Michael Kaplan

Excellence in Contemporary Television Series

American Horror Story: Hotel – Lou Eyrich

Empire, Season 1 – Rita McGhee

House of Cards – Johanna Argan, Kemal Harris

Ray Donovan – Christopher Lawrence

Transparent – Marie Schley

Excellence in Period Television Series

The Knick – Ellen Mirojnick

Mad Men – Janie Bryant, Tiffany White Stanton

Masters of Sex – Isis Mussenden

Outlander – Terry Dresbach

Penny Dreadful – Gabriella Pescucci

Excellence in Fantasy Television Series

Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton

Once Upon a Time – Eduardo Castro

Sleepy Hollow, Season 2 – Kristin M. Burke, Mairi Chisholm

Sleepy Hollow, Season 3 – Mairi Chisholm

The Wiz Live! – Paul Tazewell

Excellence in Short Form Design

Most Interesting Man in the World Wins on Land, Sea & Air, Dos Equis Commercial – Julie Vogel

And So It Begins, Old Spice Commercial – Mindy Le Brock

From the Makers of Happy & Merry, H&M Presents Katy Perry Commercial – B. Åkerlund

The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth – Dance Battle, Video Game, Kaboom/Warner Interactive

Commercial – Soyon An

Kevin Spacey, E-Trade Commercial – Johanna Argan

18th Costume Designers Guild Awards Honorees

LACOSTE Spotlight Award – Cate Blanchett

Distinguished Collaborator Award – Quentin Tarantino

Career Achievement Award – Ellen Mirojnick

Distinguished Service Award – Edwina Pellikka