"Anna Karenina" edged out two of its Oscar rivals for Best Costume Design -- "Les Miserables" and "Lincoln" -- as welll as "Argo" and "Moonrise Kingdom" to win the period period prize at the 15th annual Costume Design Guild Awards Tuesday.
"Anna Karenina" designer Jacqueline Durran is heavily favored to win her first Oscar following bids for two previous collaborations with helmer Joe Wright ("Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement").
The other two Oscar nominees -- "Mirror Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman" -- faced off for the fantasy award as did "Cloud Atlas," "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and "The Hunger Games." The late Oscar winner Eiko Ishioka ("Dracula") won for "Mirror Mirror."
Last year, "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.