Costume Designers Guild nominees: ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Carol,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Star Wars’ …

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All five frontrunners for Best Costume Design at the Oscars reaped bids for the Costume Design Guild kudos.  

Two of our predicted Oscar nominees — frontrunner “Cinderella” and fifth place “Mad Max: Fury Road” — vie for the fantasy film award as do “Ex Machina,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Our second, third and fourth place Oscar contenders — “Carol,” “The Danish Girl” and “Brooklyn,” respectively — contend in the period race as do “Crimson Peak” and “Trumbo.”

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The contemporary costume nominees are “Beasts of No Nation,” “Joy,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “The Martian” and “Youth.”

Last year “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won the CDG’s award for Period Film before going on to win the Oscar for Best Costume Design as well. Its Oscar rival “Inherent Vice” was also a nominee in the guild’s period contest. Two other Oscar nominees, “Into the Woods” and “Maleficent,” were CDG nominees for Fantasy Film, while the fifth Oscar nominee, “Mr. Turner,” was snubbed by the guild entirely.

In 2013 “12 Years a Slave” pulled off an upset here, winning the period award 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 prize 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” that 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, which marked the seventh time in the then-14-year history of 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 18th edition of these kudos, which also honor costume design in television and commercials, will take place at the Beverly Hilton on Feb. 23.

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. 


Beasts of No Nation” (Jenny Eagan)
Joy” (Michael Wilkinson)
“Kingsman: The Secret Service” (Arianne Phillips)
The Martian” (Janty Yates)
Youth” (Carlo Poggioli)

Brooklyn” (Odile Dicks-Mireaux)
Carol” (Sandy Powell)
Crimson Peak” (Kate Hawley)
The Danish Girl” (Paco Delgado)
Trumbo” (Daniel Orlandi)

Cinderella” (Sandy Powell)
Ex Machina” (Sammy Sheldon Differ)
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” (Kurt and Bart)
Mad Max: Fury Road” (Jenny Beavan)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (Michael Kaplan)


“American Horror Story: Hotel” (Lou Eyrich)
“Empire,” Season 1 (Rita McGhee)
“House of Cards” (Johanna Argan, Kemal Harris)
“Ray Donovan” (Christopher Lawrence)
“Transparent” (Marie Schley)

“The Knick” (Ellen Mirojnick)
“Mad Men” (Jane Bryant, Tiffany White Stanton)
“Masters of Sex” (Isis Mussenden)
“Outlander” (Terry Dresbach)
“Penny Dreadful” (Gabriella Pescucci)

“Game of Thrones” (Michele Clapton)
“Once Upon a Time” (Eduardo Castro)
“Sleepy Hollow,” Season 2 (Kristin M. Burke, Mairi Chisholm)
“Sleepy Hollow,” Season 3 (Mairi Chisholm)
“The Wiz Live!” (Paul Tazewell)

“And So It Begins,” Old Spice Commercial (Mindy Le Brock)
“From the Makers of Happy & Merry, H&M Presents Katy Perry” Commercial (B. Åkerlund)
“The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth Dance Battle,” Video Game (Soyon An)
“Kevin Spacey,” E-Trade Commercial (Johanna Argan)
“Most Interesting Man in the World Wins on Land, Sea & Air,” Dos Equis Commercial (Julie Vogel)

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Photo Credits: “Mad Max” by Warner Bros. Pictures; “Cinderella” by Moviestore/REX; “Carol” by Moviestore/REX; “Star Wars” by Walt Disney Pictures

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