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The 'Fleabag' Jumpsuit Vs. 'Killing Eve' Fetish Gear Vs. 'Russian Doll' Birthday Suit Vs. 'Schitt's Creek' Fabulousness: The Tightest Award Season Race Has Arrived

By Kristy Puchko | Film | December 10, 2019 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | December 10, 2019 |


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As guilds announce their nominations, the big contests for award season are beginning to come into focus. Best Actor frontrunners seem to be Marriage Story’s Adam Driver and Pain And Glory’s Antonio Banderas. Best Supporting Actress has Laura Dern (Marriage Story/Little Women) facing off against Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers). Meanwhile, the Best Picture could go to the latest from Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman, and Rian Johnson (Knives Out). Yet the tightest race of the season has just been unveiled by the Costume Designers Guild Awards.

THR reports the Costume Designers Guild’s nominations include a style showdown that’s positively mind-melting. The sharp menswear look of Russian Doll’s happy birthday baby (Natasha Lyonne) is competing against Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag jumpsuit that drove fangirls wild, against the piggy festish gear of Killing Eve’s Villanelle (Jodie Comer), and against the many, many looks of the Rose family, but especially Moira’s (Catherine O’Hara) special red carpet look on Schitt’s Creek.

Excellence in Contemporary Television
Big Little Lies: “She Knows” - Alix Friedberg
Fleabag: “2.1” - Ray Holman
Killing Eve: “Desperate Times” - Charlotte Mitchell
Russian Doll: “Superiority Complex” - Jennifer Rogien
Schitt’s Creek: “The Dress” - Debra Hanson

Each of these outfits gave an immediate sense of their character and how she interacts with the world around her but were also instantly iconic. This is why as solid as Big Little Lies was at creating a distinctive style for each of its notorious heroines, it seems like this won’t be their year to win. But how to choose between four shows where every episode’s fashion paints a world familiar yet a bit fantastical? Perhaps here more than anywhere else, it really is just an honor to be nominated because—by godtopus—the talent of these nominees!

And this is just one category. Elsewhere, this glorious guild gave nods to the Knives Out sweater that’s making Twitter thirsty, the Elton John-inspired extravaganza that helped Rocketman soar, and costumes for dancing, wrestling, and slaying queens (literally or metaphorically).

Here are the rest of the nominees for 22nd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards:

Excellence in Contemporary Film
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Arjun Bhasin
Hustlers - Mitchell Travers
Knives Out - Jenny Eagan
The Laundromat - Ellen Mirojnick
Queen & Slim - Shiona Turini

Excellence in Period Film
Dolemite is My Name - Ruth E. Carter
Downton Abbey - Anna Mary Scott Robbins
Jojo Rabbit - Mayes C. Rubeo
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Arianne Phillips
Rocketman - Julian Day

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
Aladdin - Michael Wilkinson
Avengers: Endgame - Judianna Makovsky
Captain Marvel - Sanja M. Hays
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil - Ellen Mirojnick
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Michael Kaplan

Excellence in Period Television
Chernobyl: “Please Remain Calm” - Odile Dicks-Mireaux
The Crown: “Cri De Coeur” - Amy Roberts
Fosse/Verdon: “Life is a Cabaret” - Melissa Toth and Joseph La Corte
GLOW: “Freaky Tuesday” - Beth Morgan
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” - Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television
Carnival Row: “Aisling” - Joyce Schure
Game of Thrones: “The Iron Throne” - Michele Clapton
The Handmaid’s Tale: “Household” - Natalie Bronfman
A Series of Unfortunate Events: “Penultimate Peril: Part 2” - Cynthia Summers
Watchmen: “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” - Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television
Dancing with the Stars: “First Elimination” - Daniella Gschwendtner and Steven Norman Lee
The Late Late Show with James Corden: “Crosswalk the Musical: Aladdin” - Lauren Shapiro
The Masked Singer: “Season Finale: And the Winner Takes It All and Takes It Off” - Marina Toybina
RuPaul’s Drag Race: “Whatcha Unpackin?” - Zaldy for RuPaul
Saturday Night Live: “Sandra Oh / Tame Impala” - Tom Broecker and Eric Justian

Excellence in Short Form Design
Katy Perry: “Small Talk” music video - Phoenix Mellow
Kohler Verdera Voice Smart Mirror: “Mirror, Mirror” commercial - Ami Goodheart
Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road” music video - Catherine Hahn
Madonna: “God Control” music video - B. Åkerlund
United Airlines: “Star Wars Wing Walker” commercial - Christopher Lawrence

The Costume Designers Guild Awards ceremony will be held January 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.



Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.


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