“Elvis” and “Everything everywhere all at oncewere the film winners at the 2023 Costume Designers Guild Awards.
Shirley Kurata’s victory comes as “Everything Everywhere All At Once” has been gaining momentum ahead of the final stage of Oscar voting which begins March 2. Kurata defeated the titans on the ground against Deborah L. Scott (“Avatar: The Way of Water”), the story Ruth E. Carter (“Black Panther”) and Mayes C. Rubeo (“Thor: Love and Thunder”) .
Catherine Martin won for his work on “Elvis” by Baz Luhrmann. Building over 90 looks single-handedly for Austin Butler, triple-nominated Production Design and Best Picture Martin remains a favorite.
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”, “Wednesday” and “House of the Dragon” were among the other winners.
Ruth E. Carter presented Angela Bassett with the Guild’s Spotlight Award and reflected on their collaboration. During his speech, Bassett said, “Costume designers are the ultimate partners in cinema.”
The Emeritus Employee Award was given to Bette Midler. Midler thanked his collaborators, including Sal Perez (“Hocus Pocus”) and Albert Wolsky. She said: ‘When I first started working I was in rags and I still have a fondness for them in my private life. When I’m on screen, thanks to you, I reach levels of splendor, flamboyance and madness that I never could have reached.
Salary equity remains a problem with costume designers feeling undervalued. Guild President Terry Gordon reminded attendees to use the hashtag #NakedWithoutUs and announced that there would be an equity symposium on May 13. Gordon added: “We need your support more than anything.
Tituss Burgess was the host for the evening.
Below is the full list of winners of the 25th annual CDGA:
Excellence in Science Fiction/Fantasy Film
“Everything everywhere at the same time” – Shirley Kurata
Excellence in contemporary cinema
“Glass Onion: A Mystery at Daggers Drawn” – Jenny Eagan
Excellence in Period Film
“Elvis” – Catherine Martin
Excellence in Science Fiction/Fantasy Television
“House of the Dragon: Heirs of the Dragon” – Jany Temime
Excellence in Contemporary Television
“Wednesday: Wednesday’s child is full of misfortune” – Colleen Atwood and Mark Sutherland
Excellence in Period Television
“The Crown: House Ipatiev” – Amy Roberts
Excellence in Variety, Reality TV, Live TV
“Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: Girl Run That Sh*t Back” – Carrie Cramer & Jason Rembert
Excellence in designing short forms
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” (music video) – Natasha Newman-Thomas