Style experts for movies including Mad Max: Fury Road and The Danish Girl were honoured for their work at the 2016 Costume Designers Guild Awards in February 2016
Jenny Beavan scored the Excellence in Fantasy Film for her designs in the road action movie, which stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, just weeks after her Best Costume Design win at the BAFTAs on 14 February (16).
Stephen Fry received backlash after he branded her a “bag lady” for her appearance at the awards, and she later told the press he had apologised to her for the comment backstage.
Costume Designers Guild president Salvador Perez poked fun at the moment during Tuesday night’s show in Los Angeles by joking, “We’ve had fittings and costumed extras today, so please forgive us if some of us are rocking a bag lady chic tonight.”
Paco Delgado took home the Excellence in Period Film prize for The Danish Girl and Beasts of No Nation designer Jenny Eagan scored the Excellence in Contemporary Film trophy.
In the TV categories, Michele Clapton was honoured with Outstanding Fantasy Television Series for Game of Thrones, Lou Eyrich scored the Outstanding Contemporary Television Series for American Horror Story: Hotel and The Knick’s Ellen Mirojnick won Outstanding Period Television Series. Mirojnick also took home the Career Achievement Award.
Cate Blanchett, a previously announced honouree, received the Lacoste Spotlight Award for her career and her “special awareness of the role and importance of costume design”. She was presented with the prize by designer Sandy Powell, who recently worked with Cate on Cinderella and Carol.
Accepting her prize, Cate said, “Everyone talks about their relationship with the other actors and the director, and of course those are important. But in the end, it’s in those costume fittings – those silent moments away from the rush, where you make manifest the psychological things you talk about in the rehearsal room. It’s the building blocks of a character.”
Director Quentin Tarantino was another honouree, and received his Distinguished Collaborator Award from The Hateful Eight stars Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell.
He said onstage, “I’ve always taken costumes very seriously. It’s why I made such a big deal of the black suits in Reservoir Dogs. Every guy looks better in a black suit… None of my designers has ever been nominated for an Oscar because I guess I don’t do period movies with ball scenes.”
The ceremony was hosted by Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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