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Hollywood’s most illustrious costume designers flocked to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Tuesday night to give each other a well-deserved pat on the back at the 18th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.
“When actors work with costume designers, it’s like we wear your hearts on our sleeves,” said Betsy Brandt, star of CBS’ Life in Pieces, who emceed the evening. “So tonight, please put all thoughts of deadlines, fittings, budgets, difficult actors behind. Tonight is your night to revel.”
And they did, including American Horror Story: Hotel’s Lou Eyrich, who nabbed the award for outstanding contemporary television series, and Michele Clapton, winner of outstanding fantasy television series for her work on Game of Thrones.
The Knick’s Ellen Mirojnick, who received the evening’s first award for outstanding period television series, also took home its last — and arguably, most coveted — as winner of the 2016 Career Achievement Award for her work on 61 films and TV projects over the last 40 years, including Basic Instinct, Wall Street and Behind the Candelabra. “This is the greatest night of my life,” gushed Mirojnick, as friends including Clive Owen, Sharon Stone, Michael Douglas and Angelina Jolie lavished her with praise in a heartfelt video tribute.
DYNAMIC DUO: Sandy Powell presenting the Lacoste Spotlight Award to Cate Blanchett. (Photo: Getty Images)
But costume designers weren’t the only ones to receive recognition for their hard work: Cate Blanchett, dressed in Versace, was presented with the presenting sponsor’s Lacoste Spotlight Award by her longtime collaborator, two-time Oscar nom Sandy Powell, with whom she worked together on The Aviator, Cinderella and, most recently, Carol. “Cate Blanchett is so bloody perfect that it makes you want to give up, come back in another life and try again,” said Powell, jokingly.
And Quentin Tarantino scooped up the 2016 Distinguished Collaborator Award for his work with costume designers.
“I’ve endeavored for this award for 20 years,” admitted the producer and director, who pointed out that, although his costume designers have never won an Oscar or Golden Globe for their unforgettable work on films like Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, the recognition they receive is much greater than that.
“We have Halloween parties,” he said, highlighting the proliferation of costumes that have been inspired by his onscreen characters. “I’ve always considered that maybe the greatest awards. That means the costumes have pierced the consciousness of the audience.”
‘HATEFUL EIGHT’ CREW: Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh presenting the 2016 Distinguished Collaborator Award to Quentin Tarantino. (Photo: Getty Images)
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