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But of course Phantom Thread was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild award

Photo: Focus Features
Photo: Focus Features

If a film about a fashion designer from two of contemporary cinema’s most obsessively detail-oriented artists, for which one of said artists actually learned to make couture gowns, can’t get nominated for an award recognizing excellence in costuming, then what hope is there for the rest of us? Luckily, one aspect of our world continues to make sense as Variety reports that Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread is among the five period films nominated for a Costume Designers Guild award this year.


Recognizing the unique challenges in designing wardrobes for different genres and time periods, the Costume Designers Guild splits its awards into “period,” “contemporary,” and “sci-fi/fantasy” categories. With so many recent films and TV series set in the ‘80s and ‘90s, the distinction between the first two is becoming increasingly unclear: For example, Stranger Things, whose latest season is set in 1984, was nominated as a period piece, while I, Tonya, which begins in the mid-’70s and extends through the mid-’90s, was nominated as a contemporary film. But enough splitting hairs—we’re just happy The Young Pope’s excellent cape game is being recognized.

A full list of Costume Designers Guild Awards nominees is below.

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Get Out (Nadine Haders)
I, Tonya (Jennifer Johnson)
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Arianne Phillips)
Lady Bird (April Napier)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Melissa Toth)


Excellence in Period Film
Dunkirk (Jeffrey Kurland)
The Greatest Showman (Ellen Mirojnick)
Murder On The Orient Express (Alexandra Byrne)
Phantom Thread (Mark Bridges)
The Shape Of Water (Luis Sequeira)

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
Beauty And The Beast (Jacqueline Durran)
Blade Runner 2049 (Renée April)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Michael Kaplan)
Thor: Ragnarok (Mayes C. Rubeo)
Wonder Woman (Lindy Hemming)


Excellence in Contemporary Television
American Horror Story: Cult (Sarah Evelyn Bram)
Big Little Lies (Alix Friedberg)
Grace And Frankie (Allyson B. Fanger)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Ane Crabtree)
The Young Pope (Luca Canfora, Carlo Poggioli)

Excellence in Period Television
The Crown (Jane Petrie)
Feud: Bette And Joan (Lou Eyrich)
Glow (Beth Morgan)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Donna Zakowska)
Stranger Things (Kim Wilcox)


Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
Black Mirror: USS Callister (Maja Meschede)
Game Of Thrones (Michele Clapton)
Once Upon A Time (Eduardo Castro, Dan Lester)
Sleepy Hollow (Mairi Chisholm)
Star Trek: Discovery (Gersha Phillips)

Excellence in Short Form Design
Assassin’s Creed – “I Am,” Commercial (Patrik Milani)
Elton John featuring Marilyn Manson: “Tiny Dancer,” Music Video (Sara Sensoy, Dawn Ritz)
Katy Perry – “Chained to the Rhythm,” Music Video (B. Ăkerlund)
Miu Miu Women’s Tales #14: The End of History Illusion, Short Film (Mindy Le Brock)
P!NK – “Beautiful Trauma,” Music Video (Kim Bowen)


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