Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Costume Designers Guild held their ceremony for the 13th annual CDG Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Tuesday night. The King's Speech (Jenny Beavan), Black Swan (Amy Westcott) and Alice in Wonderland (Colleen Atwood) were the winners for film.
It was perhaps a bittersweet victory for Black Swan designer Amy Westcott as she is not nominated for Costume Design at the Academy Awards. Most of the publicity for the film's costumes had centred on the Mulleavy sisters' label Rodarte. The sisters are personal friends of Natalie Portman and they themselves happily took credit for the costumes and claimed that they were jilted out of a screen credit because of their naïveté. Amy Westcott was asked to keep quiet to avoid bad press and only spoke out after the Oscar nominations were announced and her work went unrecognized.
It is clear that Westcott was indeed the true Costume Designer, and that Rodarte were sub-contracted to do certain items to her specifications as is commonly the case. For them to claim anything more is outrageous - like a composer for an end-credit song claiming to be the film score composer. The Mulleavy sisters should not have been allowed to create that false impression.
The winners for television were Glee (Lou Eyrich), Boardwalk Empire (John A. Dunn) and Temple Grandin (Cindy Evans).
Honourary awards were also presented to Halle Berry, Julie Weiss and director Joel Schumacher (a former costume designer). The late Michael Dennison was inducted into the Guild's Hall of Fame. Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis was Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.
Complete list of Nominations for the13th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards
EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
Black Swan – Amy Westcott
EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
The King’s Speech – Jenny Beavan
EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
Alice in Wonderland – Colleen Atwood
OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
Glee – Lou Eyrich
OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – John A. Dunn
OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES
Temple Grandin – Cindy Evans
EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN
Chanel – Bleu de Chanel – Aude Bronson-Howard
Lacoste Spotlight Award
Distinguised Collaborator Award
Disaronno Career Achievement in Film & Television Award
Hall of Fame Award