2015 Emmy Nominations: Much Costume TV, Very Historical, Wow!

Awards: Pro or con? Are they a celebration of the great artistic achievements or are they a popularity contest? How about a mix of the two? Either way, the 2015 Emmy Award nominations came out for television shows of the past year, and you can nitpick them all you want, but this time, they align pretty well with Frock Flicks’ interests. One of our long-time favorites, Downton Abbey, received eight nominations, and it was tied in Emmy nods by our new mega-fave, Wolf Hall. Of course, both were blown away by Game of Thrones, which received a stunning 24 nominations. And even the biopic Bessie received an impressive 12 Emmy nominations.

Wolf Hall is up for Outstanding Limited Series, and both Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis are up for outstanding actor awards for playing Thomas Cromwell and Henry VIII, respectively. Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones may duke it out for Outstanding Drama Series, and many of their main actors are up for awards as well

The 2014 TV season was chock full of spectacular historical costume shows because even series we haven’t gotten around to reviewing raked in the awards, such as Houdini (seven nominations), The Knick (5 nominations), and brand-new shows got attention (like Penny Dreadful, with three noms). Alas, everyone’s fave Outlander only received one nomination, for its musical score.


2015 Emmy Nominations for Costume

But what we really care about is this category: Outstanding Costumes For A Period/Fantasy Series, Limited Series or Movie. The Emmys separate “contemporary” costume from “period/fantasy,” but the muddling of historical with fantasy (which often means science-fiction) can get odd, as you’ll see. This year’s nominees are:


American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story: Freak Show – More fantasy than period costume, perhaps?

American Horror Story: Freak Show, Monsters Among Us – FX Networks
Lou Eyrich, Costume Designer
Elizabeth Macey, Costume Supervisor
Ken van Duyne, Assistant Costume Designer


Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire – This episode was mostly set in 1931.

Boardwalk Empire, Golden Days For Boys And Girls – HBO
John Dunn, Costume Designer
Maria Zamansky, Assistant Costume Designer
James P. Hammer, Jr., Assistant Costume Designer
Joseph LaCorte, Assistant Costume Designer


Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey – Sisters behind the scenes.

Downton Abbey, Episode 9 – PBS
Anna Mary Scott Robbins, Costume Designer
Michael Weldon, Costume Supervisor
Kathryn Tart, Assistant Costume Designer


Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones – The sunny side of last season.

Game of Thrones, The Dance of Dragons – HBO
Michele Clapton, Costume Designer
Sheena Wichary, Costume Supervisor
Nina Ayres, Assistant Costume Designer
Alex Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer


Wolf Hall

Wolf Hall – Rylance is da man!

Wolf Hall, Part 3: Anna Regina – PBS
Joanna Eatwell, Costume Designer
Ken Lang, Costume Supervisor
Clare Vyse, Assistant Costume Designer

My favorite part of these nominations is seeing the entire team listed — I wish the Oscar awards did that too! Unfortunately, these more behind-the-scenes people don’t get their moment anymore in the big Emmy telecast, so it feels right to put their names out here now.

And as we know, costume is just part of the overall look, especially for a period TV show. Hair and makeup are incredibly important. So here are the 2015 nominees in those categories:

Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire, Eldorado – HBO
Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist
Lisa De Jesus, Key Hairstylist
Sarah Stamp, Key Hairstylist

Downton Abbey, Episode 6 – PBS
Nic Collins, Key Hairstylist

Game of Thrones, Mother’s Mercy – HBO
Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist
Candice Banks, Department Head Hairstylist
Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist
Gary Machin, Hairstylist
Laura Pollock, Hairstylist
Nicola Mount, Hairstylist<

The Knick, Get the Rope – Cinemax
Jerry DeCarlo, Department Head Hairstylist
Rose Chatterton, Key Hairstylist
Suzy Mazzarese Allison, Personal Hairstylist
Victor De Nicola, Hairstylist
Christine Cantrell, Hairstylist

Mad Men, Person to Person – AMC
Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist
Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist
Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist
Ai Nakata, Hairstylist


Outstanding Hairstyling for a Limited Series or a Movie

American Horror Story: Freak Show, FX Networks
Monte C. Haught, Department Head Hairstylist
Michelle Cegila, Assistant Department Head Hairstylist
Daina Daigle, Hairstylist
Amy Wood, Hairstylist
Sherri B. Hamilton, Additional Hairstylist

Bessie – HBO
Lawrence Davis, Department Head Hairstylist
Monty Schuth, Key Hairstylist
Iasia Merriweather, Hairstylist
Victor Jones, Hairstylist

Grace of Monaco – Lifetime
Agathe Dupuis, Department Head Hairstylist
Silvine Picard, Key Hairstylist

Olive Kitteridge – HBO
Cydney Cornell, Department Head Hairstylist

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe – Lifetime
Cliona Furey, Department Head Hairstylist
Cathy Shibley, Key Hairstylist
Jacqueline Robertson-Cull, Additional Hairstylist<
Vincent Sullivan, Personal Hairstylist


Have you seen any of these Emmy-nominated TV shows? What’s your favorite?


About the author

Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”