CDG nominees

Posted by · 4:00 pm · January 13th, 2009

I’ve been out and about, so apologies for getting to the Costume Designers Guild nominees late:

Contemporary Film
“Iron Man” (Laura Jean Shannon and Rebecca Bentjen)
“Mamma Mia!” (Ann Roth)
“Sex and the City” (Patricia Field)
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Suttirat Larlarb)
“The Wrestler” (Amy Westcott)

Period Film
“Changeling” (Deborah Hopper)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Jacqueline West)
“The Duchess” (Michael O’Connor)
“Milk” (Danny Glicker)
“Revolutionary Road” (Albert Wolsky)

Fantasy Film
“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” (Isis Mussenden)
“The Dark Knight” (Lindy Hemming)
“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor” (Sanja Milkovic Hays)

I have to say, while I could understand the classification for, say, the Tim Burton films, I’m increasingly agitated by the “fantasy” classification of Christopher Nolan’s Batman franchise.  And “The Dark Knight” is 10 times more “contemporary” than “Iron Man,” but whatever.  If the false classification means the films find some guild love in the fields of art direction and costume design, so be it, I guess.

More frankly surprising guild support for “The Wrestler,” while “Slumdog” and “Button” remain the guild champs.  I’m happy “Prince Caspian” finally popped up somewhere.

I see no real reason to change my Oscar predicitons here based on these results, but we’ll keep an eye on it as always.




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  • 1 1-13-2009 at 4:07 pm

    Chad said...

    I’d like to think that The Wrestler’s nomination is based solely on that coat he picks out for his daughter. Genius.

  • 2 1-13-2009 at 4:08 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Everybody hates Australia.

    This was The Fall’s last chance to take a bite of the apple. Now it very likely gets to be on the list of the best movies that were never nominated. It’s a pity.

  • 3 1-13-2009 at 4:08 pm

    michael mckay said...

    What about The Fall and The Other Boleyn Girl??

    Neither film received a nomination from the CDG.

    I agree with you on The Dark Knight. I would have classified it in the “contemporary” setting as well.

  • 4 1-13-2009 at 4:33 pm

    N8 said...

    I think they put “Iron Man” in contemporary because the only fantastical outfits are CGI. All the other costumes have a very realistic ring.

    I do agree that “The Dark Knight” ought to be contemporary too.

    And where’s the love for “Australia”? Not a great film, but the costumes were terrific. I hope AMPAS corrects this unrightful snub.

  • 5 1-13-2009 at 4:49 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    CDG and Oscar differ frequently. And Powell is a long time guild snubee.

  • 6 1-13-2009 at 5:34 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “Happy-Go-Lucky” would’ve been such a smart choice in the contemporary category. Alas.

    Glad to see “The Wrestler” pop up again — not just because I’m happy to see the film on the radar in general, but because the costuming there was really perceptive. But no matter — “Sex and the City” will probably walk that category for having, you know, the prettiest frocks.

    And yeah, the fact that this guild has remained so resistant to Sandy Powell’s genius over the years tells you a lot.

  • 7 1-13-2009 at 9:43 pm

    Glenn said...

    Guy, remember that “The Devil Wears Prada” lost the contemporary category to “The Queen” (!!!) so I wouldn’t bet on “Sex and the City” quite so easily. Although if it loses to “Slumdog Millionaire” and it’s unmemorable costumes then something is seriously fishy.

    That “Australia” snub is bizarre.

  • 8 1-14-2009 at 5:19 pm

    Adrianna said...

    In the fantasy category, I think that “Hellboy II” and “The Fall” deserved a place, more than “The Mummy”.

    And “Mama Mia’s” costumes are about on a par with the “dancing” in the film.