2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins over Oscar frontrunner ‘Phantom Thread’

The Oscar frontrunner for Best Costume Design, “Phantom Thread,” stumbled at the guild awards on Feb. 20, losing the Best Period Film category to one of its Oscar rivals, “The Shape of Water.” Another Oscar nominee, “Beauty and the Beast,” lost the Fantasy Film race to “Wonder Woman.” The other two Academy Awards contenders — “Darkest Hour” and “Victoria and Abdul” — were snubbed by the Costume Designers Guild at its 20th annual awards, which took place at the Beverly Hilton .

But don’t rule out “Phantom Thread” for the Oscar just yet. Remember, only nine of the most recent 19 Oscar champs for Best Costume Design came into the evening with a CDG award on their mantle. Indeed, just last year the academy went with the fantasy film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which had lost at the guild to “Doctor Strange.”

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The last fantasy films to prevail at the Oscars prior to that were “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 and before that “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” in 2003. And the last contemporary movie to win the Academy Award for Best Costume Design was “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” in 1994.

“I, Tonya” won the contemporary costume category over “Get Out,” “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” “Lady Bird” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

On the TV side, “The Crown” won the perior prize, “Game of Thrones” took the sci-f/fantasy trophy and “The Handmaid’s Tale” claimed the contemporary category.

“The Shape of Water” director Guillermo del Toro was feted with the Distinguished Collaborator Award. Joanna Johnston was honored for her lifetime achievement, Maggie Schpak was singled out for distinguished service and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington received the Spotlight Award.

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FILM

CONTEMPORARY FILM
“Get Out” – Nadine Haders
X – “I, Tonya” – Jennifer Johnson
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” – Arianne Phillips
“Lady Bird” – April Napier
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” – Melissa Toth

PERIOD FILM
“Dunkirk” – Jeffrey Kurland
“Murder on the Orient Express” – Alexandra Byrne
“Phantom Thread” – Mark Bridges
“The Greatest Showman” – Ellen Mirojnick
X – “The Shape of Water” – Luis Sequeira

FANTASY FILM
“Beauty and the Beast” – Jacqueline Durran
“Blade Runner 2049” – Renée April
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” – Michael Kaplan
“Thor: Ragnarok” – Mayes C. Rubeo
X – “Wonder Woman” – Lindy Hemming

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TELEVISION

CONTEMPORARY TELEVISON
“American Horror Story: Cult” – Sarah Evelyn Bram
“Big Little Lies” – Alix Friedberg
“Grace and Frankie” – Allyson B. Fanger
X – “The Handmaid’s Tale” – Ane Crabtree
“The Young Pope” – Luca Canfora, Carlo Poggioli

PERIOD TELEVISION
X – “The Crown” – Jane Petrie
“Feud: Bette and Joan” – Lou Eyrich
“Glow” – Beth Morgan
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” – Donna Zakowska
“Stranger Things” – Kim Wilcox

SCI-FI/FANTASY TELEVISON
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” – Maja Meschede
X – “Game of Thrones” – Michele Clapton
“Once Upon a Time” – Eduardo Castro, Dan Lester
“Sleepy Hollow” – Mairi Chisholm
“Star Trek: Discovery” – Gersha Phillips

SHORT FORM DESIGN
Assassin’s Creed: “I Am”, Commercial – Patrik Milani
Elton John, featuring Marilyn Manson: “Tiny Dancer”, Music Video – Sara Sensoy, Dawn Ritz
Katy Perry: “Chained to the Rhythm”, Music Video – B. Ăkerlund
Miu Miu Women’s Tales #14: The End of History Illusion, Short Film – Mindy Le Brock
X – P!NK: “Beautiful Trauma”, Music Video – Kim Bowen

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