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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

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

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

Follow the CDG Tweets!

Hey there Frocktalkers!!  Make sure you follow the CDG Twitter account for live updates on all the costumes at Comic Con!  They will be tweeting live from the Masquerade Ball – which is great, because I don’t recall anyone doing that in the past – get your Masquerade costume contest winners while they are steaming hot!

— KMB

Awardsapalooza 2009/10: The Costume Designers Guild Awards!

Congratulations to last night’s CDG Award winners!   They are:

In the Film categories:  Fantasy – Monique Prudhomme, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; Period – Sandy Powell, The Young Victoria; Contemporary – Doug Hall, Crazy Heart.

And for television:  Contemporary – Lou Eyrich for Glee; Period – Janie Bryant for Mad Men; Miniseries/Movie – Catherine Marie Thomas for Grey Gardens.  In the commercial costume design category, Casey Storm won for his work on the Milkquarius campaign.

More details, interviews and pictures to come – I should have them up by Monday!!  Have a great weekend, and CONGRATS to all!!!

— KMB

Comic Con: Masquerade – and More News

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All...

Hi frocktalkers!  This is my final post from and about Comic Con 2009.  I attended the masquerade last Saturday night, and it was fantastic.  I had to leave at the halfway point, unfortunately, but I wanted to share my photos with you.

Additionally, the news is that I will be teaching a class at UCLA this fall, for MFA/Costume students.  It’s a very exciting opportunity.  I will be teaching 8 out of 10 classes in costume design, while costume supervisor extraordinaire Heidi Higginbotham will be teaching 2 out of 10 classes in script breakdown, budgeting, and running the department.  So you can imagine that the pace of life around here is going to ramp up quickly!
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