It was ladies’ night at the CDGAs as seven of the eight winners were female. Mayes C. Rubeo and Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit bounded away with the Period Film prize, Knives Out costume designer Jenny Eagan solved the Contemporary Film conundrum, and Ellen Mirojnick of Disney’s Maleficent sequel conjured up the Sci Fi/Fantasy Film victory. It was the third CDGA win for Eagan in five nominations, the first in four noms for Rubeo and the third in seven for Mirojnick, who also picked up the CDG’s Career Achievement Award in 2016.
Jojo Rabbit‘s Rubeo, whose credits also include Thor: Ragnarok and World War Z, now could be considered the front-runner for the Oscar. Since the CDGAs launched 21 years ago, the Academy’s costuming prize has gone to a period film all but twice — with only Mad Max: Fury Road and Black Panther bucking the trend in 2016 and 2019, respectively. True to form, all five of this year’s Oscar nominees are set in days gone by, with Jojo Rabbit and Little Women facing off for the statuette against Netflix’s The Irishman, Warner Bros’ Joker and Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Billion-dollar supervillain origin tale Joker was not nominated for a CDGA, and Knives Out missed the Academy Awards cut.
Mindy Kaling, hosted the ceremony, said early on, “”The CDGAs are the one awards show that honors what truly matters: how we look on the outside.””
This year marked the first under new rules on the TV side in which designers now submit a single episode that best represents their work on a series. Amazon’s Emmy-laden The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel took the Period TV prize tonight for costume designer Donna Zakowska, and two series that ended or are wrapping their runs picked off the other TV trophies: Pop’s Schitt’s Creek for Contemporary Television (Debra Hanson) and HBO’s Game of Thrones won for Sci Fi/Fantasy (Michele Clapton).
Series star Catherine O’Hara accepted the award for Schitt’s Creek Hanson, and Thrones alum Nathalie Emmanuel accepted for Clapton.
Adam McKay accepted the Distinguished Collaborator Award, which honors individuals who demonstrate unwavering support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers. Constance Wu, director Lorene Scafaria and costume designer Susan Matheson presented him with the award.
Charlize Theron received the Spotlight Award, which honors an actor whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of Costume Design. Her Bombshell co-star John Lithgow presented the prize.
Mary Ellen Fields received the Distinguished Service Award from CDG President Salvador Perez. The award lauds a person whose specialties and talents contribute to the craft and art of costume design.
Michael Kaplan was honored with the Career Achievement Award, recognizing his extraordinary body of work and lasting impact on filmmaking. Kaplan received his trophy from J.J. Abrams, with whom he has numerous times including multiple Star Wars and Star Trek films.
Tonight’s presenters included Jennifer Beals, Julia Butters, Eliza Coupe, Nathalie Emmanuel, Tan France, Ana Gasteyer, Djimon Hounsou, Kathryn Newton, Catherine O’Hara, Lucy Punch, Adam Scott, and James Scully.
Here are the winners at the 22nd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards:
EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo
EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
Knives Out, Jenny Eagan
EXCELLENCE IN SCI-FI / FANTASY FILM
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Ellen Mirojnick
EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION
Schitt’s Creek: “The Dress,” Debra Hanson
EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD TELEVISION
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: “It’s Comedy or Cabbage,” Donna Zakowska
EXCELLENCE IN SCI-FI / FANTASY TELEVISION
Game of Thrones: “The Iron Throne,” Michele Clapton
EXCELLENCE IN VARIETY, REALITY-COMPETITION, LIVE TELEVISION
The Masked Singer: “Season Finale: And the Winner Takes It All and Takes It Off,” Marina Toybina
EXCELLENCE IN SHORT FORM DESIGN
United Airlines: “Star Wars Wing Walker,” commercial, Christopher Lawrence