Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Argo – Jacqueline West
Les Misérables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston
Moonrise Kingdom – Kasia Walicka-Maimone

(thanks, Elton!)  Nominees in Contemporary and Fantasy categories after the cut.



Beasts of the Southern Wild – Stephani Lewis
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Louise Stjernsward
Silver Linings Playbook – Mark Bridges
Skyfall – Jany Temime
Zero Dark Thirty – George L. Littl


Cloud Atlas – Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
The Hunger Games – Judianna Makovsky
Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood

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  • AnthonyP

    Just saw 5 Broken Cameras doc. I would say it should win, but I’m guessing the Jewish contigent of Hollywood won’t be voting for it.

  • keifer

    These are excellent choices. This guild always seems to reward true excellence in its craft (and not necessarily band-wagon their nominees like some of the other guilds because of “popularity”). They reward deserving costume designers.

    I was so glad to see the late Eiko Ishioka nominated for “Mirror Mirror” (a terrible film, but the costumes made it worthwhile watching). A past Oscar winner (for her great work on “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”), she was a true artist . It’s sad to think that this was her last film designing costumes.

    Also very glad about the costume designs in “Anna Karenina” and “Snow White and the Huntsman” being recognized. They are also outstanding.

    I love the fact that all three of these CDs made it into the top 5 Oscar race this year.

  • brace

    contemporary film category makes me laugh. mark bridges will win this award simply because he was lucky to work on the popular movie without really doing anything.

  • Zach

    Yes, how common is it that the 5 Oscar nominees are all selected by the CDG? Often one misses. I wonder if this is a reflection of the Oscar nominations coming out first, or if it was just a more obvious year, with fewer alternatives. (I can only think of Hitchcock and the foreign A Royal Affair not being on this list.)

  • In defense of Silver Linings Playbook, that. DeSean Jackson Jersey didn’t pick itself

  • steve50

    Durran and Ishioka should have their categories sewn up, if you will.

    Contemporary is a bit of a joke, but you have to appreciate the irony of putting Bradley Cooper in a garbage bag. Stjernsward or Lewis for contemporary, maybe?

  • Matt

    Happy to see the Hunger Games get a guild nod. I thought it was going to surprise with an Oscar nomination for Makovsky.

  • Argo deserves win. 🙂

  • Matt, happy to see The Hunger Games too.
    How can wa forget that amazing “firewear”? 🙂

  • Gabriel Oak

    Beasts is a wonderful film but best costumes?

  • Elton Almeida

    I was very glad to see “Beasts of…” and “Skyfall” nominated, great works in contemporary costume design. I don’t think SLP’s nomination an absurd. Like my Production/Costume Design college teachers used to say, it’s not about how fabulous it looks but how well do you tell the audience who that character is by the clothes he wears. And I think the costumes of SLP really tell us about its characters’ mood and social/local caracteristics.

    But no one done so impressive work as Jacqueline Durran in “Anna Karenina”. Her costumes, along with Sarah Greenwood’s art direction and McGarvey’s photography, made History. “Anna Karenina” may not be a good picture but it’s extremely beautiful, visionary and original in its visual and deserves all awards it can get.

  • Ach, y’all, Skyfall’s got Contemporary sewn up. Pun definitely not intended, If you laughed, it’s your fault.

    It’s sad to think that this was [Eiko Ishioka’s] last film designing costumes.

    What a designer! Shit film, sure, but weren’t the costumes splendid creations? Far from her finest, sure, but a swansong, literally even!

    Glad to see Kasia Walicka-Maimone nominated. She deserved an Oscar nod. But I hope Jacqueline Durran and Ishioka win. Anna Karenina’s costumes were A-MA-ZING.

  • hipster

    Always felt the CDG’s nominees are a hard sell simply because we’re used to seeing fantasy/period films rack them up and the contemporary nominees are usually films that has been garnering award attention. It’s ashamed because I do believe ‘Skyfall’ (and in some extent ‘Exotic… Hotel’ did a great job costuming and they’re lumped into steamrolled nominees such as ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and Bradley Cooper’s garbage bag. Much preferred ‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’… if they considered that contemporary instead of period.

  • hipster

    Anyway, quick predictions:

    – Anna Karenina
    – Silver Linings Playbook
    – Mirror Mirror

  • Christophe

    It’s a shame they forgot the impossible for contemporary!

  • Pat

    Woot woot for ‘Anna’!

  • Jerry

    Skyfall is the only film in Contemporary that I would nominate. I love the nominees in the other two categories. Perfect.

  • Jerry

    Retract! Only Skyfall and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel-especially the costumes in Indian were very beautiful.

  • Andrew

    I love Beasts too but costumes being nominated?? Massive LOL

  • joe

    Excellent choices glad to see skyfall and the hobbit in there plus the small films too like anna karenina the best exotic marigold hotel and moonrise kingdom.

  • Insider

    Good to see Cloud Atlas

  • Yeah, well, my favortie costumes this year were from LAWLESS. You guys remember. The movie that only exists in my head. XD (not funny)

  • The Japanese Viewer

    My predictions:

    Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran for Period Film
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – Louise Stjernsward for Contemporary Film
    Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka [R.I.P.]

  • David Lindsey

    CLOUD ATLAS could have been nominated in all 3 categories! Ha!

  • keifer

    And the Oscar goes to . . . Jacqueline Durran for “Anna Karenina”.

    This is probably the most obvious technical Oscar category to predict this year.

    Whoever doesn’t vote for Durran should have their AMPAS membership revoked. I’m a big fan of Eiko Ishioka and Colleen Atwood, and their work this year is really great and they deserve their nominations. They have also won before. Time to spread the wealth. And Durran did beautiful, spectacular work on this film.

    I disagree with the comment about “Anna Karenina” not being a good film. It’s one of my favorite movies of the year. There was more creative direction by Joe Wright in the first five minutes of “Anna Karenina” than in the whole boring dull-as-dishwater “Lincoln”. Speilberg mania! It just drives me nuts.

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