Traditionally the last of the guilds to announce their nominations, the Costume Designers’ Guild stuck to their guns this year, meaning they unveiled their nominees a week after the Academy’s unusually early reveal. The order may be reversed, but the degree of overlap seems to be unaffected, as all five Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design made the CDG’s larger list, which includes 15 films across period, fantasy and contemporary categories.
In the first of those categories category, Oscar nominees “Anna Karenina,” “Lincoln” and “Les Miserables” were joined by two slightly more modern period wardrobes: the polyester 1970s textures of “Argo” and the whimsical 1960s designs of “Moonrise Kingdom.” Perfectly period-serving rather than pretty, Jacqueline West’s work on “Argo” is a worthy nominee, but the fact that it made the cut over, say, “Django Unchained” — an even more surprising absentee here than in the Oscar lineup — is a further indication of just how highly regarded Ben Affleck’s film is across the industry.
In the fantasy category, the duelling Snow White visions of Colleen Atwood and the late Eiko Ishioka were both nominated, as they were by the Academy, while “Cloud Atlas,” “The Hobbit” and “The Hunger Games” fill out the field. (“Hunger Games” designer Judianna Makovsky is a favorite of the Guild this year: not only is she also nominated in the commercials category, but she’s also receiving a career achievement award at the ceremony.)
As is usually the case, no contemporary costume work was included in the Oscar field. Nonetheless, as is usually the case, the Guild’s contemporary category still doesn’t veer too far from the Oscar conversation, as Best Picture nominees “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” all get an extra pat on the back from the industry. (I’d question whether the Guild is using this category to its most creative ends here, but that’s me.)
Winners will be presented on February 19. Full list of film nominees after the jump; everything else, as ever, at The Circuit.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“The Hunger Games”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”