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‘Blue Jasmine,’ ‘Hunger Games’ Among Costume Design Winners

Elaborate designs and covetable fashion were the focuses of the 2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards on February 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where winners included “Behind the Candelabra’s” Ellen Mirojnick, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s” Trish Summerville, “House of Cards'” Tom Broecker, and “Blue Jasmine’s” Suzy Benzinger.

This is all a little ironic, CDG president Salvador Perez joked his opening remarks.

“As costume designers, we take on the formidable task of dressing thousands of actors for a crowd scene or giving an actor 30 changes for one 30-minute episode of television,” the “Mindy Project” costume designer said. “Even though we can pull it off on a daily basis, let’s be honest. When it comes to dressing ourselves, the shoemakers’ children have no shoes. My tuxedo hem? Safety pins and Topstick.”

“Scandal’s” Joshua Malina hosted the ceremony, where accolades were also given to veteran costume designers April Ferry and Sharon Day, who were honored with the career achievement award and the distinguished service award, respectively. Jonah Hill and Bill Hader presented Judd Apatow with the distinguished collaborator award, while “American Hustle” costume designer Michael Wilkinson and co-star Jeremy Renner presented Amy Adams with this year’s Lacoste spotlight award.

In her speech, Adams made a point of sharing what she’s learned from costume designers over the years.

“Thank you for telling me the actual start date of a movie, even though you were told not to tell me and it might cost you your job,” she said, adding “You also told me not to lie about my measurements. If you call me and ask me for my measurements, me telling you that I have a 25-inch waist doesn’t make it true. And it makes it really uncomfortable after I eat breakfast. Also, don’t complain about my 5:45 call time. Because if I’m there at 5:45, you guys are there at 3:45. Not only that, you stayed late to wash my ‘things’ — you know what I mean.”

Legendary actress Raquel Welch was also on hand to preach her devotion to costume designers, from the outfits Lilly Fonda pulled for her part as a billboard girl on “The Hollywood Palace” to Carl Toms’ expertly draped lion cloth in “One Million Years B.C.”

“Let me put it this way, God was very good to me,” she said.” But, well, it was the fabulous costume designers I worked with who knew exactly where and how to provide the frosting … In a way, costume design launched my whole career. I wish I could say it was my performance. There wasn’t a lot of dialogue in ‘One Million Years B.C.'”

Upon winning for excellence in contemporary film, “Blue Jasmine’s” Benzinger spoke of her frequent partnership with the film’s writer-director, saying “working on the Woody Allen films, ‘contemporary’ has its own dynamic.”

When she accepted her career achievement award, Ferry spoke of the gumption and quick skills required to do the job.

“Over the last 30 years, I’ve traveled from ancient Rome all the way to the future and now to outer space,” said the costume designer for projects like “Elysium,” “Terminator 3” and TV’s “Rome.” “And no two projects are the same, but if you’re lucky — and I have been — you work by the seat of your pants with incredibly talented people making relationships that last decades.”

THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS AND NOMINEES:

EXCELLENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FILM

WINNER “Blue Jasmine” – Suzy Benzinger
“Her” – Casey Storm
“Nebraska” – Wendy Chuck
“Philomena” – Consolata Boyle
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” – Sarah Edwards

EXCELLENCE IN PERIOD FILM

WINNER “12 Years a Slave” – Patricia Norris
“American Hustle” – Michael Wilkinson
“Dallas Buyers Club” – Kurt & Bart
“The Great Gatsby” – Catherine Martin
“Saving Mr. Banks” – Daniel Orlandi

EXCELLENCE IN FANTASY FILM

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor, Bob Buck
WINNER The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – Trish Summerville
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” – Gary Jones, Michael Kutsche

OUTSTANDING CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION SERIES

“Breaking Bad” – Jennifer Bryan
WINNER House of Cards” – Tom Broecker
“Nashville” – Susie DeSanto
“Scandal” – Lyn Paolo
“Saturday Night Live” – Tom Broecker, Eric Justian

OUTSTANDING PERIOD/FANTASY TELEVISION SERIES

“Boardwalk Empire” – John Dunn, Lisa Padovani
“The Borgias”– Gabriella Pescucci
WINNER “Downton Abbey” – Caroline McCall
“Game of Thrones” – Michele Clapton
“Mad Men” – Janie Bryant

OUTSTANDING MADE FOR TELEVISION MOVIE OR MINI SERIES

“American Horror Story: Coven” – Lou Eyrich
WINNER “Behind the Candelabra” – Ellen Mirojnick
“Bonnie & Clyde” – Marilyn Vance
“House of Versace” – Claire Nadon
“Phil Spector” – Debra McGuire

EXCELLENCE IN COMMERCIAL COSTUME DESIGN

WINNER Call of Duty “Ghosts Masked Warriors” – Nancy Steiner
Dos Equis: “Most Interesting Man in the World Feeds a Bear” – Julie Vogel
Fiat “British Invasion” – Donna Zakowska

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