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Awardsapalooza: Costume Designers Guild Award Nominees Announced!

This just in: the nominees for the 2009 Costume Designers Guild Awards:


Contemporary Film:
•    Iron Man (Laura Jean Shannon, Rebecca Bentjen)
•    Mamma Mia (Ann Roth)
•    Sex and the City  (Patricia Field)
•    Slumdog Millionaire (Suttirat Larlarb)
•    The Wrestler  (Amy Westcott)

Period Film:
•    Changeling  (Deborah Hopper)
•    Benjamin Button  (Jacqueline West)
•    The Duchess  (Michael O’Connor)
•    Milk  (Danny Glicker)
•    Revolutionary Road  (Albert Wolsky)

Fantasy Film:
•    Narnia/Prince Caspian  (Isis Mussenden)
•    The Dark Knight  (Lindy Hemming)
•    The Mummy/Tomb of the Dragon Emperor  (Sanja Milkovic Hays)


Contemporary Series:
•    30 Rock (Tom Broecker)
•    Big Love (Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko)
•    Dancing With the Stars (Randall Christensen)
•    Gossip Girl (Eric Daman)
•    Ugly Betty (Eduardo Castro & Patricia Field)

Period/Fantasy Series:
•    Mad Men (Katherine Jane Bryant)
•    Pushing Daisies (Robert Blackman)
•    The Tudors (Joan Bergin)

Made-for TV Movie or Miniseries:
•    Bernard and Doris (Joseph Aulisi)
•    Coco Chanel (Stefano De Nardis)
•    Cranford (Jenny Beavan)
•    John Adams (Donna Zakowska)
•    Sense and Sensibility (Michele Clapton)


•    Swarovski President’s Award: Michael Douglas
•    Distinguished Collaborator Award: James Burrows
•    Lacoste Career Achievement in Film: Marilyn Vance
•    Career Achievement in Television: Van Broughton Ramsey

Big congratulations to all of the nominees – it’s a fabulous honor to be recognized by one’s peers.  Good luck to all!!

Special Frocktalk congratulations go to Marilyn Vance on the career achievement award.  Marilyn is a fantastically talented designer, and she gave me my first break into this business, so for that – many thanks and heartfelt congratulations on the award!!!


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