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Awardsapalooza 2012: The CDG Award Nominations!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!  The 14th annual Costume Designers Guild Award nominations were just announced, and they are:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
“Bridesmaids” – Leesa Evans & Christine Wada
“The Descendants” – Wendy Chuck
“Drive” – Erin Benach
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – Trish Summerville
“Melancholia” – Manon Rasmussen

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
“The Artist” – Mark Bridges
“Jane Eyre” – Michael O’Connor
“The Help” – Sharen Davis
“Hugo” – Sandy Powell
“W.E.” – Arianne Phillips

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” – Jany Temime
“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” – Penny Rose
“Red Riding Hood” – Cindy Evans
“Thor” – Alexandra Byrne
“X-Men: First Class” – Sammy Sheldon

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
“Glee” – Lou Eyrich & Jennifer Eve
“Modern Family” – Alix Friedberg
“Revenge” – Jill Ohanneson
“Saturday Night Live” – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian
“Sons of Anarchy” – Kelli Jones

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES

“Boardwalk Empire” – John A. Dunn, Lisa Padovani
“The Borgias” – Gabriella Pescucci
“Game of Thrones” – Michele Clapton
“Once Upon a Time” – Eduardo Castro
“Pan Am” – Ane Crabtree

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES
“Downton Abbey” – Susannah Buxton
“The Kennedys” – Christopher Hargadon
“Mildred Pierce” – Ann Roth

Congratulations, costume designers and costume crew!!!  The awards take place on February 21st, and I hope to send a roving reporter to cover the event!  Congratulations, everyone – party time!!!

– KMB

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