Costume Designers Guild Award for Doctor Parnassus

Award winners from the CDG are in for a celebratory weekend. Monique Prudhomme’s sensational costumes for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus won in the ‘Excellence in Fantasy Film’ category, once again leaving fellow nominee, and all round big hitter, Avatar, out in the cold.

Other recipients at the 12th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards included Doug Hall for Crazy Heart in the ‘Contemporary’ section, eclipsing our prediction Marina Draghici for Precious, which is unfortunately off the Academy’s list on March 7th as well.

In television, Janie Bryant took the prize for her continually exciting work on Mad Men in ‘Period/Fantasy’. While ‘Mini-series’ saw Catherine Marie Thomas get the nod for Grey Gardens, an enthralling TV movie about the kooky aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis. Lou Eyrich for Glee received the Contemporary award, which is a real result as the costume character representation on that show is so precise. The rather unfortunate Emma Pillsbury aping a young Bree Van De Kamp is a standout.

However big victor of the ceremony – as hosted by the gorgeous Parker Posey – has to be Sandy Powell. Fresh from her BAFTA success last Sunday, mustard hot Powell again won for The Young Victoria, here in the hotly contested ‘Period’ category. She left behind some real contenders too: Jenny Beavan for Sherlock Holmes, Colleen Atwood for Nine, Ann Roth for Julie and Julia, and Catherine Leterrier for Coco Before Chanel.


Yet, not content with one win at the gala, Powell was also recipient of the Lacoste Career Achievement in Film Award. Moreover her compatriot on The Young Victoria, actress Emily Blunt, took the Swarovski Award to ‘spotlight exceptional talent and the prospect of a sparkling career’. The Young Victoria hit UK cinemas way back in March 2009 (December in the U.S.), but it seems a limited re-release might not be out of the question with all this good publicity.

Two more honorary award beneficiaries were Michael Travis for Career Achievement in Television and late costume designer Robert Turturice (Emmy winner for Moonlighting, 1987), who was given a spot on the CDG’s Hall of Fame. And for those who like their ad promos, and don’t we all when they are done right, Casey Storm won for Milkquarious, which was about milk, unsurprisingly.

What this means for Oscar night is precisely nothing as the votes have already been cast. We would not bet a penny against Sandy Powell getting something else heavy for her sideboard though.

Incidentally drop by FrockTalk in the next couple of days to read the inside scoop on what Guild member Kristin M. Burke has to say about the winners and losers. She voted, you know.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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