‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,’ ‘Promising Young Woman’ and ‘Mulan’ take top honors at Costume Designers Guild Awards

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Ann Roth won the prize for Excellence in Period Film for her work on the fact-based musical drama “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at the 23rd annual Costume Designers Guild Awards. [Netflix]

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.

Deadline notes that since the Costume Designers Guild Awards started in 1999, a period film has snagged the Academy Award for costume design every year but twice; the only two exceptions are “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2016) and “Black Panther” (2019).

All five of this year’s costume design Oscar nominees are nominated for their work on films set in the past. Along with Roth for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Daigeler for “Mulan,” the nominees include Trish Summerville for “Mank,” Massimo Cantini Parrini for “Pinocchio” and Alexandra Byrne for “Emma.”

In the TV categories, Debra Hanson won the contemporary trophy for her looks for the comedy “Schitt’s Creek,” while  Gabriele Binder garnered the period category for the limited-series chess drama “The Queen’s Gambit.” Shay Cunliffe won the sci-fi/fantasy prize for HBO’s sweeping series “Westworld.”

Paul Tazewell earned the award in the variety, reality competition or live television competition for his looks for the Disney+ streaming adaptation of the smash musical “Hamilton.”

April Napier won for short form design for Short Form Design for her work on Damien Chazelle’s “The Stunt Double,” which was shot on an iPhone.

Shondaland producing partners Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy”) received the Distinguished Collaborator Award, which goes to to people who show stalwart support of costume design and creative partnerships with costume designers.

The subject of pay equity for costume designers came up during the ceremony, including during Steiner’s emotional acceptance speech for her work on “Promising Young Woman.”

“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,” she said as she struggled not to cry.

Go here for more information on the Costume Designers Guild Awards.

-BAM

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