Costume Designers Guild Awards celebrates 10-year mark


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The Costume Designers Guild Awards ceremony turns 10 this year, but it hasn't just gotten older -- it's gotten bigger.

"I realized how much we have grown since when we started planning for this in 1998," CDG president Mary Rose says. "Now, we have elevated the awards to the point where Bulgari (a ceremony sponsor) started complaining because they have to make more statuettes!"

The CDG Awards, set for Feb. 19 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, has expanded to include seven competition categories encompassing film, television and commercials.

Contemporary film nominees include Julie Weiss for Paramount's "Blades of Glory" and Louise Frogley for Warner Bros.' "Ocean's Thirteen." Among the fantasy film nominees are Michael Wilkinson for Warner Bros.' "300" and Ruth Myers for New Line's "The Golden Compass." (Myers is also the Lacoste Career Achievement in Film honoree.) Period film contenders include Colleen Atwood for DreamWorks/Paramount's "Sweeney Todd" and the late Marit Allen for Picturehouse's "La Vie en Rose," who passed away in November. Allen is also being inducted into the CDG's Hall of Fame.

Made-for-TV movie or miniseries nominees include Mario Davignon for HBO's "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" and Marion Boyce and Debra McGuire for USA Network's "The Starter Wife," while Juliet Polcsa for HBO's "The Sopranos" and Eduardo Castro for ABC's "Ugly Betty" are among the contemporary TV series contenders. Period/fantasy TV series hopefuls include Robert Blackman for ABC's "Pushing Daisies" and Joan Bergin for Showtime's "The Tudors."

This year's Swarovski President's Award will go to United Artists co-owner and CEO Paula Wagner, while husband-and-wife team James Mangold and Cathy Konrad will receive the

Distinguished Director/Producer Award. "He and Cathy both have such a great relationship with costume designers," Rose says.

Ray Aghayan will be honored with the Career Achievement in Television Award and, with the help of longtime partner Bob Mackie, is also designing a gown for mistress of ceremonies Anjelica Huston.