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2019 Costume Guild Award Winners Announced

The winners have been announced from this year’s Costume Designers Guild Awards with Black Panther, The Favourite and Crazy Rich Asians bagging the top prizes.

Tuesday’s glittering ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in LA was the CDGA’s 21st bash and a great chance to celebrate some of the best costume talent in film and TV over the last year.

Of course the living legend that is Sandy Powell was going to be honoured with her inspired take on historical costumes on The Favourite, winning herself the gong for Excellence in Period Film.

Mary E. Vogt took home the prize for Excellence in Contemporary Film with her glamorous couture-inspired collection in Crazy Rich Asians.

But it was Ruth E. Carter and her innovative, intricately detailed costumes for the Hollywood mega-hit Black Panther, who cleaned up at the event and earned herself two much deserved trophies.

The first for Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Marvel film and the second, the highly sought after Career Achievement Award.

Costume Designer on Black Panther
Wakanda Warriors. Credit: Marvel Studios

RuPaul’s Drag Race and Zaldy Goco’s eccentric and energetic array of costumes for the fabulously flamboyant reality TV programme won Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television.

And the super sleek and stylish costumes of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, won designers Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach the accolade for Excellence in Contemporary Television.

Westworld’s Sharen Davis claimed the prize for Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television with her dark and sultry designs on the Western apocalyptic series.  

The award for Excellence in Short Form Design went to Costume designer and Wardrobe Stylist Natasha Newman-Thomas and her intriguing work Childish Gambino’s music video for ‘This is America’.

Donna Zakowska’s kitsch 50s housewife costumes for Amazon Prime series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, won her the accolade for Excellence in Period Television.

Glenn Close even picked up a prize at the starstudded affair, as she was awarded the Spotlight Award which celebrates an actor whose ‘talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.’

Glenn Close in 101 Dalmatians (1996) Credit: Disney Pictures

Betty Pecha Madden collected Distinguished Service Award for her incredible lifetime of achievements, spanning over 29 major films in 40 years.

Aswell as rejoicing in the costume accomplishments from 2018 and beyond, the work of screenwiter, producer and director Ryan Murphy was also honoured.

The film professional, famous for his work on Glee, Nip/Tuck and American Horror Story was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator Award.

Here’s a full list of the winners:

Excellence in Contemporary Film

Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Period Film

The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television

RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Period Television

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television

Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Short Form Design

Childish Gambino: “This is America”, music video – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Spotlight Award

Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award

Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award

Ryan Murphy

Career Achievement Award

Ruth E. Carter

It’s been a great season of costume wins so far this season and if winning awards are your thing, check out our BAFTA winners round-up.                    

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