Fifth about The Seventh

Casting a ballot – 22nd Annual CDG Awards

The 22nd Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards will be handed on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020.

As I have been doing for a few years, as we get into the awards season, I’ll post the fictional ballots for some of the guild awards, showing what my vote would be if I had one. I will, as a rule, abstain from my fictional vote if I haven’t seen at least half of the nominees. And to be perfectly clear, I’m not a member of any of these guilds and organizations.

The list of nominees can be seen here.

Here it goes:

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Ellen Mirojnick, for The Laundromat

Flashy, colorful, varied, Mirojnick’s costumes are at the same time interesting to look at and very defining of the characters that use them. (Not seen: Queen & Slim.)


Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film: Ellen Mirojnick, for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

The greatest strength of this Mirojnick’s great-looking work is how well her costumes complement the universe and character design.


Excellence in Period Film: Ruth E. Carter, for Dolemite Is My Name

The 1970s were the age of excess with clothes, and Carter goes the extra mile here. As it’s usually the case, the best work doesn’t simply look flashy but serves as another window to understand the characters. They are colorful, almost absurd, and certainly very distinctive. (Not seen: Downton Abbey, Jojo Rabbit.)

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