“Elvis” and “Everything Everywhere All At Once” won Best Film at the 2023 Costume Designers Guild Awards.
Shirley Kurata’s victory comes before “Everything Everywhere All At Once” gains momentum and heads into the final stages of the Oscar voting beginning March 2. Kurata beats the Titans on the field. Defeated, Deborah L. Scott (“Avatar: Path of Water”), storyteller Ruth E. Carter (“Black Panther”), Mays C. Rubeo (“Thor: Love and Thunder”).
Katherine Martin won for her work on Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis. Martin, who has been nominated for her three-time Best Picture production and her design, Austin Butler alone she has designed over 90 looks and is still a favorite.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Wednesday and House of the Dragon were her among other winners.
Ruth E. Carter presents Angela Bassett with the Guild’s Spotlight Award and explores their collaboration. “Costume designers are the ultimate partners in filmmaking,” Bassett said in his speech.
The Distinguished Collaborator Award went to her Bette Midler. Midler thanked collaborators such as Sal Perez (“Hocus Pocus”) and Albert Wolski. When I’m on screen, thanks to you, I reach levels of grandiosity, extravagance, and madness I never could.”
Pay equity remains an issue as costume designers feel undervalued. Guild President Terry Gordon announced a Justice Symposium on May 13, inviting attendees to use the hashtag #NakedWithoutUs. Gordon added, “We need your support more than anything.”
“Monarch” costume designer Mandi Line raises awareness by etching Naked Without Us into her hair design.
Tituss Burgess served as the night`s host.
Below is the full list of winners for the 25th annual CDGAs:
Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
“Everything Everywhere All at Once”- Shirley Kurata
Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” – Jenny Eagan
Excellence in Period Film
“Elvis” – Catherine Martin
Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
“House of the Dragon: The Heirs of the Dragon” – Jany Temime
Excellence in Contemporary Television
“Wednesday: Wednesday`s Child is Full of Woe” – Colleen Atwood & Mark Sutherland
Excellence in Period Television
“The Crown: Ipatiev House” – Amy Roberts
Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television
“Lizzo`s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls: Girl Run That Sh*t Back” – Carrie Cramer & Jason Rembert
Excellence in Short Form Design
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” (Music Video) – Natasha Newman-Thomas