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 Neighborhood – Arjun Bhasin
Hustlers – Mitchell Travers
Knives Out – Jenny Eagan
The Laundromat – Ellen Mirojnick
Queen & Slim – Shiona 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 Abbey – Anna Mary Scott Robbins
Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubeo
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Arianne Phillips
Rocketman – Julian 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
Aladdin – Michael Wilkinson
Avengers: Endgame – Judianna Makovsky
Captain Marvel – Sanja M. Hays
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Ellen Mirojnick
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Michael 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.
[Photo Credit: EPK.TV, Netflix, BBC, HBO]
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