Costume Designers Guild awards predictions: ‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘Into the Woods,’ …

Four of the five Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design are in contention at the guild awards on Tuesday.

We are predicting that the Oscar frontrunner, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” will claim Best Period Costume Design over, among others, Oscar rival “Inherent Vice,” as well as “The Imitation Game,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything.” The Oscar-nominated “Mr. Turner” was snubbed by the guild. 

We foresee a Best Fantasy Costume Design win for Oscar nominee “Into the Woods” over another Academy Awards contender, “Maleficent,” as well as “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part 1).”

And “Birdman” is tipped to take Best Contemporary Costume Design over “Boyhood,” “Gone Girl,” “Interstellar” and “Wild.” 

Last year, “12 Years a Slave” pulled off an upset here, winning the period prize over eventual Oscar champ “The Great Gatsby” and another Oscar nominee, “American Hustle.” The other two Oscar contenders — “The Grandmaster” and “The Invisible Woman” — were snubbed by the guild.  “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” won the fantasy award at the CDG while “Blue Jasmine” prevailed in the contemporary race. 

In 2012, “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 17th edition of these kudos, which also honor costume design in television and commercials, take place at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 17, just hours after Oscar voting ends. This guild stands alone as the only one to give out its prizes after the deadline for academy members to cast their ballots.  

Below, all the nominees across the categories followed by your chance to predict what will win Best Period Costume Design using our easy drag-and-drop menu. 


Birdman” (Albert Wolsky)
Boyhood” (Kari Perkins)
Gone Girl” (Trish Summerville)
Interstellar” (Trish Summerville)
Wild” (Melissa Bruning)

Guardians of the Galaxy” (Alexandra Byrne)
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” (Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey)
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” (Kurt and Bart)
Into the Woods” (Colleen Atwood)
Maleficent” (Anna B. Sheppard)

The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Milena Canonero)
The Imitation Game” (Sammy Sheldon Differ)
Inherent Vice” (Mark Bridges)
Selma” (Ruth E. Carter)
The Theory of Everything” (Steven Noble)


“House of Cards” (Johanna Argan)
“Ray Donovan” (Christopher Lawrence)
“Saturday Night Live” (Tom Broecker, Eric Justian)
“Scandal” (Lyn Paolo)
“True Detective” (Jenny Eagan)

“Boardwalk Empire” (John Dunn)
“Game of Thrones” (Michele Clapton)
“The Knick” (Ellen Mirojnick)
“Mad Men” (Janie Bryant)
“Masters of Sex” (Ane Crabtree)

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” (Lou Eyrich)
“Houdini” (Birgit Hutter)
“The Normal Heart” (Daniel Orlandi)
“Olive Kitteridge” (Jenny Eagan)
“Sherlock” (Sarah Arthur)

Army – ‘Defy Expectations, Villagers’ (Christopher Lawrence)
Direct TV – ‘Less Attractive’ with Rob Lowe (Mindy Le Brock, Jessica Albertson)
Dos Equis – ‘Most Interesting Man in the World Walks on Fire’ (Julie Vogel)
Kia Soul – Hamster Commercial Featuring ‘Animals’ (Anette Cseri)
Smirnoff – ‘The Mixologist’ (Laura Jean Shannon)

If you haven’t made your CDG predictions yet, there’s still time. Click here to visit our predictions center, where you can enter your picks or use the easy drag-and-drop menu below to get started with Period Costumes and be in with a chance to win $100 if you get the highest score. 

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