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Tag Archive for '2013'

Awardsapalooza: 16th CDG Awards!!!

14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards With Presenting Sponsor Lacoste - Backstage

Last night was the big Costume Designers Guild Awards, Frocktalkers!  It was so much fun, and the house was PACKED!  Maybe it’s because the awards were held on a Saturday this year? Maybe word of mouth about the event was strong? I don’t know, but it was AWESOME.  J-Line and her group put on a great show, the food was delicious, and we got the coolest journals from Lacoste as a parting gift!  It was an unforgettable night.  Without further ado, here are the results:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM

12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES

House of Cards – Tom Broecker

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FNTASY TELEVISION SERIES

Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TV MOVIE OR MINI SERIES

Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN

Call of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors – Nancy Steiner

Congratulations to all of these designers and their crews! It was an awesome, beautiful and fun event – I am already looking forward to next year’s party!  Thanks to everyone who helped to put it on.  It was so well done!

If you want to relive the event in my Twitter play-by-play, check it out @Frocktalk!

– KMB

22nd Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Gala at FIDM!

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Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.

Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition.  Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.

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Awardsapalooza 2103: BAFTA Nominations!

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It’s been a busy morning, folks!  Academy (Oscar) nomination ballots are DUE TODAY and the BAFTA noms were just announced.  Here they are:

COSTUME DESIGN
AMERICAN HUSTLE Michael Wilkinson
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Ellen Mirojnick
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Michael O’Connor
SAVING MR. BANKS Daniel Orlandi

Congrats to all the designers and their teams!!  This is very, very exciting!!!  Huuuurrrrrrraaaahhhhh!!!

– KMB

Awardapalooza 2013 – 2014: CDG Nominees Announced!

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Without further ado, here are all the nominees for the 2013 Costume Designers Guild Awards:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM
Blue Jasmine – Suzy Benzinger
Her – Casey Storm
Nebraska – Wendy Chuck
Philomena – Consolata Boyle
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Sarah Edwards

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM
12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris
American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
Dallas Buyers Club – Kurt & Bart
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
Saving Mr. Banks – Daniel Orlandi

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Trish Summerville
Oz the Great and Powerful – Gary Jones, Michael Kutsche

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES
Breaking Bad – Jennifer Bryan
House of Cards – Tom Broecker
Nashville – Susie DeSanto
Scandal – Lyn Paolo
Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES
Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani
The Borgias – Gabriella Pescucci
Downton Abbey – Caroline McCall
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
Mad Men – Janie Bryant

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINISERIES
American Horror Story: Coven – Lou Eyrich
Behind the Candelabra – Ellen Mirojnick
Bonnie & Clyde – Marilyn Vance
House of Versace – Claire Nadon
Phil Spector – Debra McGuire

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN
Call of Duty: “Ghosts Masked Warriors” – Nancy Steiner
Dos Equis: “Most Interesting Man in the World Feeds a Bear” – Julie Vogel
Fiat: “British Invasion” – Donna Zakowska

Congratulations to all the nominees!  Party time!!  Awards will be held on Saturday, February 22 at the Beverly Hilton! Get ready for a fun time, people! Tickets will be available soon and I will post a link. Congrats to all the designers and their teams for this honor!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2013: Recap!

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Hello, Frocktalkers, and happy new year!  We are finally done shooting season one of ‘Sleepy Hollow’, and I’ve been crazed with moving house and catching up.  I have seen a few movies (not all of them, sadly) and I have some recapping to do.  Here we go…

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Holiday Gift Guide for Costume-Types 2013

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The gift giving season is upon us, everyone. Whether it’s Hanukkah or Christmas or Kwanzaa or wrap, it’s probably very likely that you will be buying a gift for someone, and if that someone happens to work in the costume department, you might want to listen up.  What follows is this year’s gift list… if you find you need still more inspiration, please consult prior lists HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.  Get your credit cards ready!

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Awardsapalooza: Creative Emmy Winners!

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The Creative Emmy Awards were held last night, and here are the big winners for costumes:

Outstanding Costumes For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special

Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films

Ellen Mirojnick, Costume Designer; Robert Q. Mathews, Costume Supervisor

 

Outstanding Costumes For A Series

The Borgias • The Gunpowder Plot • Showtime • Showtime Presents in association with Take 5 Productions and Octagon Films

Gabriella Pescucci, Costume Designer; Uliva Pizzetti, Costume Supervisor; Gabor Homonnay, Costume Supervisor

 

Outstanding Costumes for a Variety Program or Special – Juried award

55th Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)

Marina Toybina, Costume Designer; Courtney Webster, Assistant Costume Designer

The Men Who Built America – Bloody Battles (HISTORY)

Sarah Beers, Costume Designer; Rachael Leah Greene, Costume Supervisor; Lisa Faibish, Costumer Supervisor

Portlandia, “Blackout” (IFC)

Amanda Needham, Costume Designer; Monika Schmidt, Costume Supervisor

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Congratulations, everyone!!!  Make some space on the mantel for the new hardware!!!  Have a great week, Frocktalkers.

-KMB

The Great Gatsby

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Hi everyone – I’ve just returned from a screening of The Great Gatsby, and wanted to briefly record my impressions here for you.  First of all, there are a TON of costumes. Like thousands and thousands of costumes, all very different from each other.  There are dance costumes and party costumes and poor people costumes and banker/Wall Street costumes and rich people costumes, etc., etc., etc., it’s exhausting! Bottom line: it’s beautiful.  But keep in mind, this is not a Merchant-Ivory movie; this is not the place to be looking for exacting period accuracy.  This is a Baz Luhrmann movie, and his specific vision is what comes to life here, courtesy of costumes and sets by designer Catherine Martin. Continue reading ‘The Great Gatsby’

Awardsapalooza 2013: The Daytime Emmy Nominations!

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Congratulations to the costume designers and their teams who were nominated this morning for Daytime Emmy awards!  They are as follows:

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN FOR A DRAMA SERIES

The Bold and the Beautiful           CBS

Danielle King, Costume Designer

Days of Our Lives    NBC

Jayne Marie Kehoe, Costumer Designer

General Hospital     ABC

Mary Iannelli, Costume Designer

The Young and the Restless          CBS

Jennifer Johns, Costume Designer

 

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN/STYLING

The Ellen DeGeneres Show           SYNDICATED

Jamie Salazar, Wardrobe Supervisor

Kellen Richards, Costume Designer

Ric Renae Hughes, Key Costumer

The Fresh Beat Band          Nickelodeon

Gene Barnhart, Costume Supervisor

Kiki Garwood, Costume Stylist, Key Costumer

Joyce Kim Lee, Costume Designer

Frank Alexander, Jessica Torok,

Kacy Treadway, Carly Mills, Erin Lenk, Costumers

R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour The Series       The HUB

Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh, Costume Designer

Sesame Street           PBS

Brian Hemesath, Jared Leese, Costume Designers/Live Actors

Jason Weber, Rollie Krewson, Constance Peterson,

Polly P. Smith, Michelle Hickey, Lara Maclean,

Anney Ozar, Heather Asch, Andrea Detwiler,

Loryn Brantz, Stanley Ulysses Jones, Elizabeth K. Hara,

Doug James, Colette Nickola, Jane F. Pien, Costume Designers/Muppets

Congratulations, everyone!!  Awards will be televised live on June 16th at 8PM EDT, 5PM PDT on HLN!

-KMB

Awardsapalooza: The BAFTA Winner 2013!

Congratulations to Jacqueline Durran and her team for their BAFTA win for best costumes for the gorgeous ANNA KARENINA! Party time, everyone!  You can check out the costumes from Anna Karenina and other magnificent films at FIDM – the exhibit runs now through April 27.  Congrats!

– KMB



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