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EGOT, ECOT, and Awardsapalooza!

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With the big Tony Awards announcements yesterday, it got me thinking.  There is an unofficial “grand slam” category of awards winning known as the EGOT.  This means Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony.  Only twelve people in history have ever won this quadruple crown, and they have been actors, directors, music department people (composers) and producers.  To win a Grammy, you must have some kind of musical (or voiceover/spoken word) talent.  That narrows the field considerably, and for most costume designers, puts us out of the running for EGOT.

I propose something a bit more attainable.  The ECOT.  Emmy, CDG Award, Oscar, Tony.  That seems reasonable, right?  Who might be contenders for this award?  Certainly Edith Head is out – she pre-dated the CDG Awards… but who might stand a chance to achieve this in our world today?  Looking forward to your thoughts – here and on Twitter @Frocktalk!

 

– KMB

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

Breaking News: Costume Designers Guild Election Results

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Breaking news: The Costume Designers Guild (IATSE, Local 892) announced today that film and television Costume Designer Salvador Perez has been elected president.  Long time Costume Designers Guild member Cate Adair of “Desperate Housewives” fame has been elected vice president and Assistant Costume Designer Brigitta Romanov has retained her position as Assistant Costume Designers representative.

The Guild also disclosed new board members, delegates and trustees that include: Executive Board Members Christopher Lawrence and Mary Vogt, with Alternate Board Members Kristin Burke and Jennifer Soulages; Trustees Jacqueline Saint Anne, Cliff Chally and Barbara Inglehart, with Dorothy Amos as the alternate. Delegates are Rachael Stanley, Sharon Day, Jacqueline Saint Anne, Cliff Chally, Betty Madden, Frank Helmer, Dana Woods and Monique Long.

New President Salvador Perez has served on the board of the Costume Designers Guild (IATSE, Local 892) for nine years. He previously served as the organization’s vice president, head of the member directory, and is currently in charge of the Guild’s website activities.  Perez has worked in both film and television and is currently the Costume Designer for “The Mindy Project.”

It’s a new day at the Guild, folks – it will be interesting to see what happens next.  Stay tuned, and congrats to all!

– KMB

 

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

Awardsapalooza: The Oscars!

Congrats to Jacqueline Durran and her crew for the big win for Anna Karenina!  Did you watch the awards?  What a show.  That Shirley Bassey – that was so cool.  If you’d like to relive the night, check out the play-by-play I posted on Twitter @frocktalk.  Have a great week, everyone!

– 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

Awardsapalooza 2012: Emmy Winners!

Congratulations to the 2012 Emmy winners for outstanding costumes!!  They are:

Outstanding costumes for a series:  Michele Clapton (costume designer), Chloe Aubry (assistant costume designer), Alex Fordham (assistant costume designer) GAME OF THRONES (HBO)

Outstanding costumes for a mini-series, movie or special: Annie Symons (costume designer), Yvonne Duckett (costume supervisor) GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Masterpiece) – PBS

It’s a good year for TV programs starting with the letter G.  Congratulations, everyone – Well done!!!!

– KMB

Cecil Beaton Photos from WWII on Display in London!

WWII photo - Cecil Beaton

WWII photo - Cecil Beaton

Oh, Frocktalkers – what a find this is.  Cecil Beaton was an Academy Award-winning costume designer (Gigi – 1958, and My Fair Lady – 1964), but before he was a costume designer, he was a photographer.  And WHAT a photographer.  WOW.  His impressive photographs from WWII Britain are now on display at the Imperial War Museum in London.  The exhibition runs from 9/6/12 to 1/1/13.  So look – if you travel to London to see the amazing Hollywood Costumes exhibit at the V & A between October – January, you can stop by and see Beaton’s work at the IWM in the same trip.  It’s a win-win!!  I hope that they publish a book of his photos, because they are great research pieces.  Absolutely stunning.  More information HERE and nice article with photos HERE!

– KMB

RIP, Eiko Ishioka

Oh Frocktalkers, this is sad news.  Academy Award-winning costume designer Eiko Ishioka has passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 73.  Beyond being a costume designer, she was a world-famous graphic designer and artist, and a woman of unimaginable talent.  I had the extraordinary good luck to work with her, albeit briefly, on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the film for which she won her Oscar.  She was a lovely woman, very friendly to me when I was just starting in this business. I was impressed by her quiet manner but absolutely bombastic-fantastic designs.  The contrast made quite an impression on a young designer like myself.  This is a huge loss to me on a personal level, as she was one of my design heroes.  Our entire community will miss her total, complete and utter brilliance.  Check out the books about her design work HERE, HERE and HERE… and rent some of her films: Dracula, The Cell, The Fall and Immortals. I am so bummed out this morning.  Rest in peace, Eiko – my heartfelt sympathy goes out to her husband and family.  She was such a brilliant and lovely lady.

– KMB

Creative Arts PrimeTime Emmy Winners 2011

Congratulations to the Emmy winning costume teams – awards were handed out last night, and here are the results!

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR A SPECIAL

SUSANNAH BUXTON, Costume Designer   CAROLINE MCCALL, Assistant Costume Designer

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)  Part 1    PBS
OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A SERIES
GABRIELLA PESCUCCI, Costume Designer ULIVA PIZZETTI, Costume Supervisor
The Borgias SHOWTIME
Lucrezia’s Wedding

OUTSTANDING COSTUMES FOR A VARIETY/MUSIC PROGRAM OR A SPECIAL

(Juried award: Possibility of one, more than one or no award). This is a juried award determined by a panel of judges from the Costumes peer group. Recommendation(s) from the jury are brought to the Board of Governors for ratification.
KATE CARIN, Costume Designer ABIGAIL METCALF, Costume Supervisor
Gettysburg HISTORY

AMANDA NEEDHAM, Costume Designer NIKI DIMITRAS, Costume Supervisor
Portlandia FARM

(source:  emmys.com)

Congratulations to these costume teams on their outstanding work!!

– KMB



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