All five of our frontrunners for Best Costume Design at the Oscars reaped bids for the Costume Design Guild kudos.
Last year, “Anna Karenina” won the period prize before prevailing at the Oscars against CDG rivals “Lincoln,” “Les Miserables” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” as well as fantasy winner “Mirror Mirror.”
In 2011, “W.E.” won the period prize while the final “Harry Potter” picture took the fantasy genre and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” claimed the contemporary category. “W.E” edged out three of the other period pictures that were in the running at the Oscars — “The Artist,” “Jane Eyre” and “Hugo” — along with “Anonymous.” The final CDG nominee, “The Help,” was snubbed by the academy. However, it was “The Artist” which prevailed at the Oscars.
In 2010, two of the three CDG period nominees — “The King’s Speech” and “True Grit” — reaped Oscar bids. In 2009, three of the CDG choices for period film costumes made the final five at the Oscars while in both 2008 and 2007 four made the cut.
By naming only three period pictures in 2010, the CDG left the Oscar field open and two of its fantasy nominees — “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tempest” — made the grade with the Academy. Indeed, “Alice in Wonderland” won awards from both groups, marking the seventh time in the 14-year history of the the CDG that a champ of theirs prevailed at the Oscars.
The last fantasy film to prevail at the Oscars before “Alice in Wonderland” was “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003 while the last contemporary movie to win was “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” in 1994.
The 16th edition of these kudos, which also honor costume design in television and commercials, will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 22.
Below, all the nominees across the categories followed by your chance to predict what will win Best Costume Design at the Oscars using our easy drag-and-drop menu.
CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
“Breaking Bad,” Jennifer Bryan
“House of Cards,” Tom Broecker
“Nashville,” Susie DeSanto
“Scandal,” Lyn Paolo
“Saturday Night Live,” Tom Broecker, Eric Justian
PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
“Boardwalk Empire,” John Dunn, Lisa Padovani
“The Borgias,” Gabriella Pescucci
“Downton Abbey,” Caroline McCall
“Game of Thrones,” Michele Clapton
“Mad Men,” Janie Bryant
MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES
“American Horror Story: Coven,” Lou Eyrich
“Behind the Candelabra,” Ellen Mirojnick
“Bonnie & Clyde,” Marilyn Vance
“House of Versace,” Claire Nadon
“Phil Spector,” Debra McGuire
Call of Duty: “Ghosts Masked Warriors,” Nancy Steiner
Dos Equis: “Most Interesting Man in the World Feeds a Bear,” Julie Vogel
Fiat “British Invasion,” Donna Zakowska