Costume Designers Guild Award Nominees 2015

The first award of Award Season that costumers care about — the Costume Designers Guild has announced its 2015 award nominees! This is the 17th annual awards given by Local 892 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees, aka the CDG, which is made up of costume designers, assistant costume designers, and costume illustrators working in motion pictures, television, and commercials.

While the Costume Designers Guild gives out more specific costume designer awards, its nominees and especially the winners tend to also be nominees for the Academy Award for Best Costume in film and the Emmy Awards for Best Costume in a television series and mini-series. The Oscar nominations are announced on January 15, 2015 — we’ll have to compare how those sync up with what the costume designers think.

The 17th Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominees are:

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar, costume designer Mary Zophres

Excellence in Contemporary Film:

Birdman – Albert Wolsky
Boyhood – Kari Perkins
Gone Girl – Trish Summerville
Interstellar – Mary Zophres
Wild – Melissa Bruning

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Grand Budapest Hotel, costume designer Milena Canonero

Excellence in Period Film:

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
The Imitation Game – Sammy Sheldon Differ
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Selma – Ruth E. Carter
The Theory of Everything – Steven Noble

2014 Into the Woods

Into the Woods, costume designer Colleen Atwood

Excellence in Fantasy Film:

Guardians of the Galaxy – Alexandra Byrne
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Bob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 – Kurt and Bart
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard, Jane Clive

Scandal (2012-18)

Scandal, costume designer Lyn Paolo

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series:

House of Cards – Johanna Argan
Ray Donovan – Christopher Lawrence
Saturday Night Live – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian
Scandal – Lyn Paolo
True Detective – Jenny Eagan

Game of Thrones, costume designer Michele Clapton

Game of Thrones, costume designer Michele Clapton

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series:

Boardwalk Empire – John Dunn
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton
The Knick – Ellen Mirojnick
Mad Men – Janie Bryant
Masters of Sex – Ane Crabtree

Sherlock, costume designer Sarah Arthur (2010-17)

Sherlock, costume designer Sarah Arthur

Outstanding Made for TV Movie or Mini-Series:

American Horror Story: Freak Show – Lou Eyrich
Houdini – Birgit Hutter
The Normal Heart – Daniel Orlandi
Olive Kitteridge – Jenny Eagan
Sherlock – Sarah Arthur

Direct TV 'Less Attractive,' with Rob Lowe, costume designers Mindy Le Brock & Jessica Albertson

Direct TV ‘Less Attractive,’ with Rob Lowe, costume designers Mindy Le Brock & Jessica Albertson

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design:

Army ‘Defy Expectations, Villagers’ – Christopher Lawrence
Direct TV ‘Less Attractive,’ with Rob Lowe – Mindy Le Brock, Jessica Albertson
Dos Equis ‘Most Interesting Man in the World Walks on Fire’ – Julie Vogel
Kia Soul Hamster Commercial Featuring ‘Animals’ – Anette Cseri
Smirnoff ‘The Mixologist’ – Laura Jean Shannon


The winners of these costume designer awards will be announced February 17, 2015, just a few days before the Oscars. Have you seen all of these nominees? Which ones do you feel deserve an award? Which of these nominees do you think will also be nominated for a Best Costume Oscar?


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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.”