"Jojo Rabbit," "Knives Out," "Maleficent" Take Feature Honors At Costume Designers Guild Awards
A scene from "Jojo Rabbit," which topped the CDGA's Excellence in Period Film category (photo by Kimberley French/courtesy of Fox Searchlight)
TV winners include "Game of Thrones," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "The Masked Singer," "Schitt’s Creek"
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Jojo Rabbit (costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo), Knives Out (Jenny Eagan) and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Ellen Mirojnick) won the feature film honors at the 22nd CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) which took last night (1/28) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The annual CDGA celebrated excellence in film, television, and short form costume design as voted on by the Guild’s membership. The Guild includes more than 1,100 costume designers and illustrators working in motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos, and new media programs throughout the world.

Taking the television category awards were Schitt’s Creek (costume designer Debra Hanson), Game of Thrones (Michele Clapton), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Donna Zakowska) and The Masked Singer (Marina Toybina). Winning the short form design category was the United Airlines’ commercial “Star Wars Wing Walker” (Christopher Lawrence).

Mindy Kaling hosted the evening which celebrated special honorees Mary Ellen Fields, Michael Kaplan, Adam McKay, and Charlize Theron, as well as the winners of the eight competitive award categories. 

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 gave a heartfelt speech about Theron and her dynamic work in life and on screen.

Kaplan was honored with the Career Achievement Award, recognizing his extraordinary body of work and lasting impact on filmmaking. Kaplan received the Award from J.J. Abrams. The two have worked closely together numerous times including multiple Star Wars and Star Trek films.

McKay was awarded 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.

Fields received the Distinguished Service Award from the president of the CDG, Salvador Perez. The award honors someone whose specialties and talents contribute to the craft and art of Costume Design.

The following is the list of winners in the eight competitive categories voted on by the Guild’s membership:

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Knives Out – Jenny Eagan

Excellence in Period Film
Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubeo

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

Celebrities in attendance to present the Awards 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.


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