2021 Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations

Posted on March 04, 2021

For the First Time in CDGA History, the Annual Ceremony Will Be Streamed Live

The Costume Designers Guild has released the nominations for their annual CDG Awards and since we’re ALL about the costumes ’round here (when we’re not all about celebrity fashion), we feel duty-bound to highlight the nominees. With the way pop culture has become so fragmented in the last year, we figured most folks aren’t familiar with a good number of the films and TV shows being nominated. We just can’t all keep up anymore, can we? Anyway, here are the nominees, with pictures of their work and one or two T Lo opinions scattered here and there. THE CDGA ceremony will be streamed live on Twitter on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET, which is kind of an interesting development in entertainment awards ceremonies.



Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film

Dolittle – Jenny Beavan

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey – Michael Wilkinson

Mulan – Bina Daigeler

Pinocchio – Massimo Cantini Parrini

Wonder Woman 1984 – Lindy Hemming


We only saw one of these (WW84) and we don’t think it truly merits an award, so your guess is as good as ours on this one. It’s interesting how badly most of these films did on both the critical and box office fronts, with the exception of Jingle Jangle, which everyone seemed to love.



Excellence in Contemporary Film

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar – Trayce Gigi Field

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – Erin Benach

Da 5 Bloods – Donna Berwick

Promising Young Woman – Nancy Steiner

The Prom – Lou Eyrich


For us, it’s absolutely Birds of Prey, which had some of the freshest takes on costume design the superhero genre ever saw.



Excellence in Period Film

Emma – Alexandra Byrne

Judas and the Black Messiah – Charlese Antoinette Jones

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Ann Roth

Mank – Trish Summerville

One Night in Miami – Francine Jamison-Tanchuck


We’re biased because we wrote a whole piece on the costumes of Emma.




Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television

The Mandalorian: “Chapter 13: The Jedi” – Shawna Trpcic

Snowpiercer: “Access is Power” – Cynthia Summers

Star Trek: Picard: “Absolute Candor” – Christine Bieselin Clark

Westworld: “Parce Domine” – Shay Cunliffe

What We Do in the Shadows: “Nouveau Théâtre des Vampires” – Amanda Neale


Again, we feel we have to support the one we wrote a piece about, so Picard it is – although we think The Mandalorian‘s costumes are easily as good.



Excellence in Contemporary Television

Emily in Paris: “Faux Amis” – Patricia Field & Marilyn Fitoussi

Euphoria: “Part 1: Rue – Trouble Don’t Last Always” – Heidi Bivens

I May Destroy You: “Social Media is a Great Way to Connect” – Lynsey Moore

Schitt’s Creek: “Happy Ending” – Debra Hanson

Unorthodox: “Part 2” – Justine Seymour


This is one’s really tough, but Moira Rose’s bishop drag instantly became iconic, so we have to give it to Schitt’s Creek, even if we did a two-part feature on the costumes of Emily in Paris. 



Excellence in Period Television

Bridgerton: “Diamond of the First Water” – Ellen Mirojnick & John W. Glaser III

The Crown: “Terra Nullius” – Amy Roberts

Lovecraft Country: “I Am.” – Dayna Pink

Mrs. America: “Shirley” – Bina Daigeler

The Queen’s Gambit: “End Game” – Gabriele Binder


Another really tough one,  but we think it’s practically a given that The Queen’s Gambit has this one locked up. Take that with a grain of salt because we … wait for it … wrote a piece about it. Then again, we also wrote a piece about the costumes in the “Shirley” episode of Mrs. America. Oh, and another about the costumes of Lovecraft Country. Damn, we’re good.

Honestly a bit surprised Ratched didn’t get a nod here.



Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television

Dancing with the Stars: “Villains Night” – Daniela Gschwendtner & Steven Norman Lee

Hamilton – Paul Tazewell

The Masked Dancer: “Premiere – Everybody Mask Now!” – Gabrielle Letamendi & Candice Rainwater

The Masked Singer: “The Semi Finals – The Super Six” – Marina Toybina

Saturday Night Live: “John Mulaney / The Strokes” – Tom Broecker & Eric Justian


We think Hamilton is likely, even though stage costumes and cinematic or televisual costumes don’t always start or end up in the same places, if that makes sense. There are considerations in theatrical costume design that don’t necessarily carry over to other media and vice versa.



Excellence in Short Form Design

Apple: Shot on iPhone by Damien Chazelle – Vertical Cinema “The Stunt Double” short film – April Napier

The Killers: “Caution” music video – Samantha Kuester

Selena Gomez: “Boyfriend” music video – Dawn Ritz & Kenn Law

Tim Burton Themed Halloween Party short film – Dawn Ritz

The Weeknd: “Blinding Lights” music video – Ami Goodheart


Completely without opinions on this one! Join in at home and state your opinions, darlings!




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