Costumers pick 'Queen,' 'Elizabeth I'


The Costume Designers Guild was in a royal mood, honoring Miramax Films' "The Queen" and HBO's "Elizabeth I" at its ninth annual awards ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire.

The awards, bestowed Saturday night, went to Consolata Boyle for Excellence in Contemporary Film and Mike O'Neill for Outstanding Contemporary Television Series. Both the feature and the miniseries starred Oscar-nominated Helen Mirren, who received the guild's Distinguished Actor Award.

Chung Man Yee won for Excellence in Period Film for the designs of "Curse of the Golden Flower" and the Excellence in Fantasy Film award went to Lala Huete for "Pan's Labyrinth." Both awards were accepted on their behalf at the Jane Kaczmarek-hosted gala.

Patricia Norris received a Lacoste Career Achievement Award for Film for her body of work, which includes "Victor/Victoria," "The Elephant Man" and the upcoming "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford."

The Lacoste Career Achievement in Television went to Grady Hunt whose credits include "Hart to Hart" and "Fantasy Island."

Swarovski President's Award recipient Sandra Bullock amused the audience with tales of her experience with costumers on her films and praised the art form. "The brilliant Penny Rose said, 'Clothes go to you to die!'," recounted Bullock, who admitted ruining one of the gowns designed for her by Rose, nominated for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

Eduardo Castro took home the prize for Outstanding Contemporary Television Series for his work on ABC's "Ugly Betty," and April Ferry won for her work on HBO's "Rome"

Jennifer Rade bested in the Excellence in Commercial Costume Design category for her work on "Target Branding Circle."

Oscar and Emmy-nominated designer Donfeld, whose credits include "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" "Prizzi's Honor" and several episodes of the "Wonder Woman" television series, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He died Feb. 3.