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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, ‘Promising Young Woman’ & ‘Mulan’ Take Film Prizes At Costume Designers Guild Awards – Winners List

Erik Pedersen
·5-min read

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Promising Young Woman and Mulan took the marquee film prizes at the 23rd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, which were handed out in a virtual ceremony tonight. Check out the full winners list below.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom designer Ann Roth won for Period Film, Contemporary went to Promising Young Woman‘s Nancy Steiner, and Bina Daigeler scooped the Sci-Fi/Fantasy trophy for Mulan.

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Roth, whose 125-plus credits range from Midnight Cowboy to the upcoming Wicked and who won the BAFTA Award on Sunday, now could be considered the front-runner for the Oscar for Best Costume Design. She won the Oscar for The English Patient and has amassed four other nominations.

Since the CDGAs launched in 1999, the Academy Award for Costume Design has gone to a period film every year but twice — with only Mad Max: Fury Road (2016) and Black Panther (2019) bucking the trend. True to form, all five of this year’s Oscar nominees are set in days gone by, with CDGA winners Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) and Mulan (Disney) facing off for the statuette against Focus Features’ Emma, Disney’s Pinocchio and Netflix’s Mank on April 25.

Jojo Rabbit took last year’s CDG Award for period film but lost the Academy Award to Little Women.

On the TV side, Shay Cunliffe took the Sci-Fi/Fantasy trophy for HBO’s Westworld, Debra Hansen of Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek won for Contemporary, and Gabriele Binder scooped the Period Television prize for Netflix limited series The Queen’s Gambit.

The award for Variety, Reality-Competition or Live Television went to Paul Tazewell for Disney+’s Hamilton, and April Napier won Short Form Design for Damien Chazelle’s iPhone-shot short The Stunt Double.

The topic of pay equity for costume designers was broached a couple of times during the ceremony. Fighting back tears during her acceptance speech, Promising Young Woman‘s Steiner said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to appeal to the industry with a plea to pay costume designers what we are worth. So much of what you see onscreen is our work. It influences culture, fashion and results in additional profits for the studio. And it’s time for them to notice. Please, it’s time for pay equity now.” Watch her full speech below.

Longtime Shondaland producing partners Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, et al.) received the guild’s Distinguished Collaborator Award, which goes to to individuals who demonstrate unwavering support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers. Watch their speeches here:

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The CDGAs — which celebrate the best in film, TV and shortform costume design spanning eight categories — was livestreamed on Twitter for the first time. Lana Condor, star of the To All the Boys films, hosted the CDGAs, and presenters included Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Emerald Fennell, Regina King, Leslie Odom Jr. and Amanda Seyfried.

The guild, IATSE Local 892, includes more than 1,200 costume designers and illustrators working in film, TV, commercials, music videos and new-media programs around the world.

Here are the winners of the 2021 Costume Designers Guild Awards, followed by some tweets from the guild:

Excellence in Period Film
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Ann Roth

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Promising Young Woman
Nancy Steiner

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
Mulan
Bina Daigeler

Excellence in Short Form Design
Apple: Shot on iPhone by Damien Chazelle – Vertical Cinema “The Stunt Double” short film
April Napier

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television
Hamilton
Paul Tazewell

Excellence in Period Television
The Queen’s Gambit: “End Game”
Gabriele Binder

Excellence in Contemporary Television
Schitt’s Creek: “Happy Ending”
Debra Hanson

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television
Westworld: “Parce Domine”
Shay Cunliffe

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