WEEK IN WOMEN: Women Costumers Score Top Awards – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Women creatives took top prizes for their work on films about female characters at the 23rd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards, where some winners addressed the need for more equitable pay for their work.

Hosted by actor Lana Condor (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before), the ceremony was live-streamed online.

Ann Roth won the prize for Excellence in Period Film for her work on the fact-based musical drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Nancy Steiner earned the award in the contemporary film category for the revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, while Bina Daigeler nabbed the trophy for her in the sci-fi/fantasy category for Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan.

That moves the prolific Roth into the front-runner position for the best costume design Oscar when the Academy Awards air Sunday on ABC. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.