“12 Years a Slave” pulled off a major upset, winning Excellence in Period Film at the Costume Designers Guild Awards, defeating frontrunner and Oscar rival “The Great Gatsby.” Also nominated in that category were “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” and Oscar-contender “American Hustle.”
“Great Gatsby” currently leads our Oscar racetrack odds for Best Costume Design, where “12 Years” ranks third.
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.
Below, predict whether “12 Years” will repeat by winning Best Costume Design at the Oscars: