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Awardsapalooza: the BAFTA Nominations!

Congratulations to the BAFTA nominees in costume design!!  They are:

Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Great Expectations
Paco Delgado, Les Miserables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

And CDG members, don’t forget to mail your nominating ballots in to the office!!  They are due by 5PM on Monday the 14th.  BAFTA Awards take place on Sunday, February 10, 2013.  Congratulations to the nominees and their teams!!

– KMB

Awardsapalooza 2013 Begins in Earnest!

Happy New Year, Frocktalkers! I hope that your holidays were fun and relaxing. Have you caught up on your movie watching? Looking at the films that are out right now, it’s interesting to see who’s getting the big press push for awards consideration. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: big promotional budgets = big awards. So who is putting their money on the line, and what costume design work is being underserved by the lack of promotional money this year?

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O Palhaço – The Clown

Review Date: 12-1-12

Release Date: undetermined

Runtime: 90 minutes

Period: Contemporary-ish

Costume Designer: Kika Lopes

Very seldom am I truly amazed by anything anymore. I’m getting older; I live in the big city; I’ve seen a lot of cool things in my life. Let’s face it; I’m getting cynical. But then one day, something comes along that just blows a hole in my reality, shooting me sky-high. Last night, that thing was the costume design of O Palhaço – The Clown – Brazil’s entry for the Foreign Film category at the Oscars.  Frocktalkers, you NEED to see this film!!!

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From Deadline.com: Conversations with Costume Oscar Nominees

Saw this today and thought it is worth passing along to you – Monica Corcoran for Deadline talked with the Oscar nominees about their work and how they might redesign the Oscar statuette!  Read the article HERE!

– KMB

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

Jayne Seward Talks with Academy Award Nominees

Frocktalker and friend Jayne Seward talks with Academy Award nominees Colleen Atwood, Jenny Beavan and Mary Zophres over at apparelnews.net.  Check it out – it’s a wonderful interview!  Good going, Jayne!!!

– KMB

Talking with Mary Zophres, Costume Designer of True Grit

Mary Zophres has had an amazing career, designing some of the most iconic costumes in recent memory – Jeff Lebowski, anyone? She has finally been recognized with an Academy Award nomination for her brilliant work on True Grit. This longtime Coen Brothers collaborator opens up about the details of that project, and what it means to make her Greek dad a superstar back home.

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Awardsapalooza 2011! Oscar Nominations!

Academy Awards nominations for outstanding achievement in costume design are out!  Here are the nominees:

Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech, Jenny Beavan
The Tempest, Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres

Congratulations, everyone!!  The 83rd annual Academy Awards show will air on worldwide TV live on Sunday, February 27, 2011.  Stay tuned and best wishes to the nominees!

-KMB

Awardsapalooza 2001: CDG Nominees!

Good morning, Frocktalkers!!  The CDG Award nominations are in, and it is pretty exciting!!!  Full list after the jump!

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Michael Dennison: Gentle Into That Goodnight

It is with very heavy heart that I tell you the news of costume designer Michael Dennison’s passing.  I was having a hard time bringing myself to share this news because doing so would make it real, and none of us want this kind of news to be real.  Our costume community has lost a true gem – a man who, at the age of only 58, had garnered the respect of his peers and the admiration of audiences the world over for his extraordinary work.  He will be greatly missed.  Here are some articles from around the web about his life, and his passing.  RIP, Michael Dennison.

Here’s a lovely obit from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

CLOTHES ON FILM

More pictures of his work after the jump:

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