“Jojo Rabbit” was the surprise period film winner Tuesday night at the 22nd annual Costume Designer Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This throws the Oscar race wide open, as Taika Waititi’s anti-hate, Nazi black comedy gains momentum for Mayes C. Rubeo’s vibrant wardrobes. The other Oscar nominees (also period pieces) are “The Irishman,” “The Joker,” “Little Women,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” But only “Once Upon a Time” was in contention at the CDGA.
Meanwhile, the contemporary and sci-fi/fantasy awards went to “Knives Out” (Jenny Eagan) and “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (Ellen Mirojnick).
TV winners included “Game of Thrones”: “The Iron Throne” (sci-fi/fantasy, Michele Clapton), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” (period, Donna Zakowska), and “Schitt’s Creek”: “The Dress” (contemporary, Debra Hanson).
For “Jojo Rabbit,” told from the POV of the eponymous, 10-year-old Nazi fanatic (Roman Griffin Davis), Rubeo infused the wardrobes with bright colors, especially for Jojo’s chic single mom (Scarlett Johansson). Drawing on Italian styles, she gave her stylish patterns, jaunty hats, and, most conspicuously, distinctive shoes with playful butterfly accents.
Additionally, Charlize Theron won the Spotlight Award, Adam McKay earned the Distinguished Collaborator Award, and Mary Ellen Fields took home the Distinguished Service Award.
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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” – Donna Zakowska
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“Game of Thrones”: “The Iron Throne” – Michele Clapton
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