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Awardsapalooza 2009/10: The CDG Nominations

Drum-roll, please!!  The nominations are in for the 12th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, 2009/10!  Congratulations to all the nominees (full list after the jump):

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

(500) Days of Summer – Hope Hanafin

Brüno – Jason Alper

Crazy Heart – Doug Hall

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire – Marina Draghici

Up in the Air – Danny Glicker

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM

Coco Before Chanel – Catherine Leterrier

Julie & Julia – Ann Roth

Nine – Colleen Atwood

Sherlock Holmes – Jenny Beavan

The Young Victoria – Sandy Powell

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM

Avatar – Mayes C. Rubeo & Deborah Lynn Scott

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Monique Prudhomme

Star Trek – Michael Kaplan

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES

Big Love – Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko

Dancing with the Stars – Randall Christensen

Glee – Lou Eyrich

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Jo Katsaras

Ugly Betty – Patricia Field

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES

Mad Men –Janie Bryant

True Blood – Audrey Fisher

The Tudors – Joan Bergin

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES

Georgia O’Keeffe – Michael Dennison

Grey Gardens – Catherine Marie Thomas

Little Dorrit – Barbara Kidd

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN:

Milk: “Milkquarious” – Casey Storm

The Costume Designers Guild Awards will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2010, at the Beverly Hilton!  It’s going to be a big party.  To purchase tickets, please contact Blue Room Events, at 310.491.1401 or amys@blueroomevents.com. Congratulations again to all the nominees!!  Party time!

— KMB

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