2020 Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations

Posted on December 10, 2019

Darlings, one of our favorite awards in all of awards season just released their list of nominees. We haven’t seen enough of all of these projects to be able to predict the winners (and besides, the CDGA is a lot harder to predict than the Oscars or the Golden Globes, for instance), but we, being the opinionated bitches we are, still have a few thoughts to share on the nominees.



Excellence in Contemporary Film

A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodArjun Bhasin

HustlersMitchell Travers

Knives OutJenny Eagan

The LaundromatEllen Mirojnick

Queen & SlimShiona Turini


Considering Chris Evans’ ratty sweater went viral, we suspect Jenny Eagan may have a leg up on the competition.


Excellence in Period Film

Dolemite is My Name – Ruth E. Carter

Downton AbbeyAnna Mary Scott Robbins

Jojo RabbitMayes C. Rubeo

Once Upon a Time in HollywoodArianne Phillips

RocketmanJulian Day


LOVED the costume design in Dolemite is My Name. Period settings like Downton Abbey and OUATIH and Rocketman may get more critical praise, but Ruth E. Carter’s eye-popping black fashion of the sixties and seventies truly deserves all the awards.



Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film

AladdinMichael Wilkinson

Avengers: EndgameJudianna Makovsky

Captain MarvelSanja M. Hays

Maleficent: Mistress of EvilEllen Mirojnick

Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerMichael Kaplan

Can’t say any of these are setting us on fire and the Star Wars one hasn’t even been released yet, which makes the nomination feel a bit premature. Still, if we had to, we think Maleficent might be our pick.


Excellence in Contemporary Television

Big Little Lies: “She Knows” – Alix Friedberg

Fleabag: “2.1” – Ray Holman

Killing Eve: “Desperate Times” – Charlotte Mitchell

Russian Doll: “Superiority Complex” – Jennifer Rogien

Schitt’s Creek: “The Dress” – Debra Hanson


God, this one’s tough. Fleabag had that killer jumpsuit, but it’s hard to deny how much the costumes tell the stories of Killing Eve, Russian Doll, and Schitt’s Creek.



Excellence in Period Television

Chernobyl: “Please Remain Calm” – Odile Dicks-Mireaux

The Crown: “Cri De Coeur” – Amy Roberts

Fosse/Verdon: “Life is a Cabaret” – Melissa Toth & Joseph La Corte

GLOW: “Freaky Tuesday” – Beth Morgan

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” – Donna Zakowska


GLOW. It does the ’80s better than any of the other more-praised projects like Stranger things ever manage.



Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television

Carnival Row: “Aisling” – Joyce Schure

Game of Thrones: “The Iron Throne” – Michele Clapton

The Handmaid’s Tale: “Household” – Natalie Bronfman

A Series of Unfortunate Events: “Penultimate Peril: Part 2” – Cynthia Summers

Watchmen: “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice” – Sharen Davis


Game of Thrones probably deserves this one.


Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television

Dancing with the Stars: “First Elimination” – Daniella Gschwendtner & Steven Norman Lee

The Late Late Show with James Corden: “Crosswalk the Musical: Aladdin” – Lauren Shapiro

The Masked Singer: “Season Finale: And the Winner Takes It All and Takes It Off” – Marina Toybina

RuPaul’s Drag Race: “Whatcha Unpackin?” – Zaldy for RuPaul

Saturday Night Live: “Sandra Oh / Tame Impala” – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian


Drag Race, of course.


Excellence in Short Form Design

Katy Perry: “Small Talk” music video – Phoenix Mellow

Kohler Verdera Voice Smart Mirror: “Mirror, Mirror” commercial – Ami Goodheart

Lil Nas X: “Old Town Road” music video – Catherine Hahn

Madonna: “God Control” music video – B. Åkerlund

United Airlines: “Star Wars Wing Walker” commercial – Christopher Lawrence


God, we’d love if “Old Town Road” took this one.



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