“Elvis” and “Everything Everywhere All At Once” were the film winners at the 2023 Costume Designers Guild Awards, hosted by Tituss Burgess.
Costume designer Shirley Kurata’s win for sci-fi/fantasy film comes as the A24 multiverse film has garnered momentum heading into the final phase of Oscar voting, which begins on March 2. Kurata bested Deborah L. Scott (“Avatar: The Way of Water”), Ruth E. Carter (“Black Panther) and Mayes C. Rubeo (“Thor: Love and Thunder”) in the category.
Catherine Martin won for period film for her work on Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis.” Building over 90 looks alone for Austin Butler, Martin, a triple Oscar nominee for production design and best picture, remains a favorite at the Academy Awards.
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” “Wednesday” and “House of the Dragon” were among the other winners.
Carter presented Angela Bassett with the guild’s spotlight award and reflected on their collaboration in “Wakanda Forever.” During her speech, Bassett said, “Costume designers are the ultimate partners in filmmaking.”
The distinguished collaborator award went to Bette Midler, who thanked her 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 gorgeousness, flamboyance and insanity that I could never have achieved.”
Pay equity remains an issue with costume designers feeling undervalued. The guild’s president Terry Gordon reminded attendees to use the #NakedWithoutUs hashtag and announced that there would be an equity symposium on May 13. Gordon added, “We need your support more than anything.”
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