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‘I, Tonya’, ‘The Shape Of Water’ Top Costume Designers Guild Awards — Complete Winners List

The 20th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards (CDGA) were handed out tonight and I, Tonya took home the prize of Excellence in Contemporary Film while The Handmaid’s Tale won for Excellence in Contemporary TV.

Hosted by Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez, the ceremony also honored Kerry Washington with the Spotlight Award as well as Guillermo del Toro with the Distinguished Collaborator Award. Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston was given the Career Achievement Award while Star Wars costume designer John Mollo was inducted into the CDG Hall of Fame. The evening ended with Oscar-nominated Joanna Johnston receiving the Career Achievement Award from Kathleen Kennedy and a surprise appearance from Sally Field, who Johnston worked with on Lincoln and Forrest Gump.

The Shape of Water beat out Phantom Thread for Excellence in Period Film while winners on the TV side include The Crown and Game of Thrones.

Scoring a CDGA isn’t necessarily a barometer for an Oscar win — but it doesn’t hurt. The guild’s film winners only have struck Oscar gold in nine of the CDG Awards’ 20 years. Last year, La La Land and Hidden Figures won CDGAs, but the Oscar went to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I, Tonya isn’t nominated for Best Costume Design at this year’s Oscars, but The Shape of Water is — which may bode well for the Oscar favorite.

Read the complete list of CDGA winners and read how everything went down at the ceremony below.

Career Achievement Award
Joanna Johnston

Excellence in Period Film
The Shape of Water – Luis Sequeira

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
Wonder Woman – Lindy Hemming

Spotlight Award
Kerry Washington

Excellence in Contemporary Film
I, Tonya – Jennifer Johnson

Excellence in Short Form Design
P!NK: “Beautiful Trauma”, Music Video – Kim Bowen

Distinguished Collaborator Award
Guillermo del Toro

Excellence in Period Television
The Crown – Jane Petrie

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television
Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton

Hall of Fame
John Mollo

Distinguished Service Award
Maggie Schpak

Excellence in Contemporary Television
The Handmaid’s Tale – Ane Crabtree


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February 20, 20188:20 pm

We’re live at the 20th annual CDG Awards!


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February 20, 20188:22 pm

Amanda N’Duka is on the scene! 


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February 20, 20188:22 pm

Jane the Virgin‘s Gina Rodriguez has taken the stage to open the event.


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February 20, 20188:22 pm

…she also stars in Alex Garland’s forthcoming sci-fi pic Annihilation.


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February 20, 20188:23 pm

“Costumes bring characters to life and help in finding and discovering who those characters are” 


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February 20, 20188:24 pm

Gina Rodriguez at tonight’s CDGA red carpet:

Our host for this evening’s #CDGA20 is actress, philanthropist, and producer @HereIsGina! pic.twitter.com/yBv8ro4Gcu

— CDGA (@CostumeAwards) February 21, 2018

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February 20, 20188:24 pm

She gives a heartfelt shoutout to her Jane The Virgin costume designer Rachel Sage Kunin, who dressed her for tonight. 


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February 20, 20188:26 pm

…and as we all know, Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for her role in Jane the Virgin in 2015.


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February 20, 20188:27 pm

Rachel Sage Kunin has also done costume design for Dallas and Longmire.


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February 20, 20188:29 pm

Scoring a CDG Award doesn’t necessarily mean a guaranteed Oscar win — but it doesn’t hurt. The guild’s film winners only have struck Oscar gold in nine of the CDG Awards’ 18 years.


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February 20, 20188:30 pm

Last year La La Land and Hidden Figures won CDG Awards, but the Oscar went to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.


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February 20, 20188:31 pm

Rachel Brosnahan and Marin Hinkle give out the first award.

  


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February 20, 20188:31 pm

First winner of the evening:

Excellence in Contemporary Television

The Handmaid’s Tale – Ane Crabtree


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February 20, 20188:35 pm

“Damnit I wanted to be awesome up here” Carbtree says, stunned at her win.

Giving a shoutout to #MeToo and Times Up “It’s a great time to be a woman and it’s a great time to be a multicultural woman… to every brown skin little girl or boy, if you have a dream, dream big.”


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February 20, 20188:35 pm

Ane Crabtree was also nominated for an Emmy for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale.


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She was also previously nominated for a CDGA for her work on Westworld, Pan Am, and Masters of Sex.


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February 20, 20188:38 pm

CDG president Salvador Perez addresses the crowd: “Our government is trying to disband unions but we must stand together”


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February 20, 20188:40 pm

This year’s Distinguished Service Award is going to jeweler and metalworker Maggie Schpak. The award recognizes a person whose specialties and talents contribute to the craft and art of costume design.


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February 20, 20188:41 pm

“I really thought I was just going to get a little plaque, this is really cool,” says Schpak during her acceptance speech.


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February 20, 20188:42 pm

Schpak worked on pieces worn by Vulcans in the earlier Star Trek movies. 


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February 20, 20188:45 pm

Schpak receiving her award from Salvador Perez.

It’s @cdglocal892 President @mrsalperez presenting the Distinguished Service Award to Maggie Schpak of Metal Arts Studio! #CDGA20 pic.twitter.com/Q4PYcH7o4B

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February 20, 20188:46 pm

“Ruth Carter, remember me!” Schpak jokes as she mentions the Black Panther designers in her speech.  


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February 20, 20188:48 pm

It’s appropriate that Luke Skywalker honor Star Wars costume designer John Mollo for the CDGA Hall of Fame.


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February 20, 20188:49 pm

Mollo Won an Oscar in 1978 for his costume design for Star Wars and again in 1983 for Gandhi.


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February 20, 20188:50 pm

“John’s hallmark was authenticity, and it shows through everything he designs… John was a force all on his own. Well done my friend.”


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February 20, 20188:51 pm

Mark Hamill introducing John Mollo.

The Force is strong tonight. @HamillHimself inducts #StarWars costume designer John Mollo into the Hall of Fame! #CDGA20 pic.twitter.com/MYnSiuXP3f

— CDGA (@CostumeAwards) February 21, 2018

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February 20, 20188:51 pm

Kaela Settle and Colton haynes are presenting Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television 


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February 20, 20188:52 pm

WINNER:

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television

Game of Thrones – Michele Clapton


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February 20, 20188:54 pm

Clapton has previously won two CDGAs  for Game of Thrones.


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February 20, 20188:55 pm

She also is a four-time Emmy winner, winning three times for GoT and another trophy for The Crown.


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February 20, 20188:55 pm

I’m proud to wear black and I’m proud of the movement.” Clapton said, adding “we need to examine bullying and misogynistic bullying,” which costume designers experience all too open she points out.


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February 20, 20188:55 pm

She is essentially slaying the costume game when it comes to royal-wear.


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February 20, 20188:56 pm

Next up is… Excellence in Period Television presented by  Star Trek Discovery‘s Wilson Cruz and Sonequa Martin-Green.


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February 20, 20188:57 pm

WINNER

Excellence in Period Television
The Crown – Jane Petrie


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February 20, 20188:59 pm

Patrie thanks Netflix “for leaving us along and trusting us so that we can be nimble” 


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February 20, 20188:59 pm

Jane Petrie’s past work includes Black Mirror and War Machine.


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February 20, 20188:59 pm

This is Petrie’s CDGA nomination and win!


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February 20, 20189:01 pm

Doug Jones from The Shape Of Water is on deck to honor Guillermo Del Toro. “I have had the pleasure of playing eleven of his creatures.”


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February 20, 20189:02 pm

Del Toro is being honored with the Distinguished Collaborator Award.


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February 20, 20189:03 pm

The award recognizes a person’s support of Costume Design and creative partnerships with Costume Designers. Last year’s honoree was Meryl Streep.


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February 20, 20189:06 pm

Talking about Del Toro’s monsters which, Jones said, he refers to as “the patron saints of imperfection and asks ” why should they get the girl” 

“He loves stories where the voiceless and the invisible triumphs… he asks us to see each other and choose to connect and love.”


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February 20, 20189:11 pm

Luis Sequeira, the costume designer of Shape Of Water, takes the stage to thanks Del Toro “for allowing me to be but a brush on your canvas” 


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February 20, 20189:11 pm

Luis Sequeira previously worked with del Toro on the FX series The Strain.


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February 20, 20189:12 pm

Del Toro: I very fortunate to be here and I’m very fortunate that this is not the production design guild. I’d be much less popular, he said, aadmitting” I can be a bastard sometimes”


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February 20, 20189:14 pm

Del Toro’s 2016 film Crimson Peak earned a CGDA nomination for costume designer Kate Hawley.


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February 20, 20189:15 pm

Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure all of del Toro’s films have awesome costume designers.


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February 20, 20189:16 pm

“Costumes are a way we present ourselves to the world and engage in who we are so it can’t be a blank statement… It this sacred partner where you help the story and the actor. “


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February 20, 20189:17 pm

Up next is…Excellence in Short Form Design presented by Sarah Hyland.


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WINNER

Excellence in Short Form Design

P!NK: “Beautiful Trauma”, Music Video – Kim Bowen


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February 20, 20189:19 pm

They certainly are breezing through this ceremony!


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WINNER

Excellence in Contemporary Film

I, Tonya – Jennifer Johnson


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February 20, 20189:21 pm

This is Johnson’s first CDGA nom and win! She was also nominated for a BAFTA for I, Tonya.


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February 20, 20189:24 pm

The win for the figure skating centric film is appropriate considering we are neck deep in the Olympics.


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February 20, 20189:24 pm

Taking a moment to thank the sponsors: Rodriguez thanked Amazon Prime “who I have to thank for making lose a month of my life binging The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” 


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February 20, 20189:24 pm

Eva Longoria is presenting the next statue 


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February 20, 20189:25 pm

Eva Longoria is presenting the next statue


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February 20, 20189:26 pm

She’s presenting Kerry Washington with the Spotlight Award, which honors an actor whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.


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February 20, 20189:27 pm

“When I grow up I want to be just like Kerry Washingon. But there’s a big problem, she just too much… she’s the most genuine person in this business and just a kickass woman,” lauded Longoria.


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February 20, 20189:27 pm

Last year’s honoree was Lily Collins.


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February 20, 20189:29 pm

The year before Collins was the immaculate Cate Blanchett. 


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February 20, 20189:30 pm

Needless to say, this Spotlight Award has a glamorous track record…especially now with the the gorgeous Kerry Washington.


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February 20, 20189:35 pm

Lyn Paolo, Scandal’s costume designer, getting emotional “I have  had a great seven seasons with Ms. Washington. You would all be blessed to work with her if you get the opportunity…  I’m sad it’s over. You love of costumes and the process of storytelling, all that is self-evident in your body of work…I can’t wait to see what you do next.”


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February 20, 20189:37 pm

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Seriously, here she is accepting the Spotlight Award.

“I don’t know who a character is until I know what shoes she wears.” –@kerrywashington accepting the Spotlight Award at #CDGA20 #KerryWashington pic.twitter.com/NwM3JtiE4J

— CDGA (@CostumeAwards) February 21, 2018

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February 20, 20189:39 pm

Side note: Lyn Paolo has been nominated three times for CDGAs; once for The West Wing and twice for Scandal.


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February 20, 20189:41 pm

And here’s some video of Washington praising Paolo.

Spotlight Award recipient @kerrywashington shows some love for Scandal costume designer @LynPaolo #CDGA20 pic.twitter.com/tnLccYpAaT

— CDGA (@CostumeAwards) February 21, 2018

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February 20, 20189:43 pm

Washington, “I don’t really know who a character is until I know what shoes she wears… I have relied on the wisdom and genius of costume designers my whole career.”

She continued, “The opportunity for partnership is such a blessing.” Speaking to Paolo,”we have cried together in fittings. We’re stood by each other’s side when we heard that the network was going to create a clothing line inspired by Olivia Pope, Lyn and I stood together and said “not without us’…  We wanted to move the audience to a deeper truth because we know that a pair of shoes can do that.”

“You guys allow us to be most vulnerable… thank you for allowing us to be the artist that we are and giving us a safe place.”


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February 20, 20189:43 pm

Up next is… Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film presented by Tony Hale and Anna Camp.


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February 20, 20189:44 pm

WINNER

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film

Wonder Woman – Lindy Hemming


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Hemming won a CDGA in 2009 for The Dark Knight and was nominated twice before that. She also won an Oscar in 2000 for Topsy-Turvy.


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February 20, 20189:47 pm

WINNER

Excellence in Period Film

The Shape of Water – Luis Sequeira


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February 20, 20189:48 pm

(By the way…Rufus Sewell presented the award for Excellence in Period Film)


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February 20, 20189:49 pm

“I truly have nothing prepared, my apologies,” Sequeira joked. “I just want to say, all of this is a gift. There are so many people in the world that work an entire lifetime hating what they do.. and we get to do what we love.” 


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February 20, 20189:49 pm

Was honestly surprised that Shape of Water won. I was expecting Phantom Thread to win considering it’s a movie about fashion and all.


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February 20, 20189:50 pm

This is Sequeira’s first CDGA nomination and win!


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February 20, 20189:51 pm

Last award of the night…

The incredible Kathleen Kennedy is here to present the Career Achievement Award to Oscar-nominated costume designer Joanna Johnston! #CDGA20 pic.twitter.com/YcLH7bMEkq

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February 20, 20189:52 pm

Joanna Johnston is a two-time Oscar nominee. She received nods for Allied and Lincoln.


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She was nominated for a CDGA in 2003 for ABout a Boy and then again in 2013 for Lincoln.


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February 20, 20189:54 pm

Kennedy praises her frequent costume designer collaborator Johnston for her “instinctive grasp of the vital role of costume design.”


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February 20, 201810:00 pm

Well this was a pleasant surprise…

Surprise! @sally_field takes the stage to present Joanna Johnston with the #CDGA20 Career Achievement Award! pic.twitter.com/PeesXQKzwS

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February 20, 201810:01 pm

Johnston was the costume designer on Forrest Gump and Lincoln, which both stars Sally Field.


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February 20, 201810:02 pm

Sally Field on deck and brought along with the pink sweater she wore in Forrest Gump and a quilt with the fabrics from Lincoln costumes, both from the two times, she’s worked with Johnston. 

“I cherish every single moment that I have worked with my brilliant friend Joanna Johnston.”


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February 20, 201810:03 pm

Johnston, “This will be brief because I know you all want to go to bed – or another bar.” Thank you Johnston. 


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February 20, 201810:05 pm

Joanna Johnston accepts the Career Achievement Award.

Congratulations, Joanna Johnston on your Career Achievement Award! #CDGA20 pic.twitter.com/f8Gs24yEj6

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February 20, 201810:06 pm

Johnston thanks Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis: ” between the two, have taken me on a journey of discovery…  because of them I have often been on the cusp of new technology… it had enriched my career”

“For me, costume design is telling the story without the words… I feel very lucky to be a part of the stories that have come my way.”


Amanda N’Duka
February 20, 201810:07 pm

That’s all folks. 


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February 20, 201810:07 pm

So that is a wrap on the 20th Costume Designers Guild Awards! See y’all next year!


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February 20, 201810:11 pm

Johnston thanks Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis: “The two have taken me on a journey of discovery…  because of them I have often been on the cusp of new technology… it has enriched my career”

“For me, costume design is telling the story without the words… I feel very lucky to be a part of the stories that have come my way.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Explains His Caught-On-Camera Reaction To Fergie’s Sultry Singing Of National Anthem

“I feel like I need to address something that happened Sunday night at the NBA All-Star Game,” Jimmy Kimmel said on his late-night show, after he was caught on tape during Fergie’s much-mocked performance of the national anthem at the event.

“Somehow, I became a part of a National Anthem fiasco. Fergie, the singer from the Black Eyed Peas, gave an unusually sultry version of our National Anthem,” he explained.

And I wound up in the middle of it. I just want to say, the reason I was smiling is because I love the National Anthem so much. That’s the face I make when I really love a song.”

“That was some arrangement though,” Kimmel said, joking, “In hindsight, trying to work in the words ‘my humps my humps, my lovely lady lumps’  may have been a mistake.”

Kimmel said he did not realize he was on camera until his phone started buzzing with text messages.

Fergie, meanwhile, apologized for her performance, saying she tried her best, and had decided to sing the song that way because she is a “risk taker.”

“Here’s the thing about taking risks when it comes to the national anthem. Don’t,” Kimmel advised.

“Don’t take risks when you’re doing brain surgery, don’t take risks driving a school bus, or singing the national anthem. Just regular is fine,” he suggested.

Fergie did not need to apologize, because she did not intentionally try to ruin the song, Kimmel argued, adding, “In Fergie’s defense, we don’t know what Francis Scott Key was thinking when he wrote ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’ Maybe he wanted it to be sexy.”

Here’s Fergie’s performance; Kimmel shows up around 2:06 mark:

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Study Finds “Little Progress” For Women In Percentage Of Non-Acting Oscar Nominations

A new study from Women’s Media Center has found “little progress” for women nominees in this year’s non-acting Oscar race, with 77% of all behind-the-scenes nominations going to men.

“Despite a concerted push by women and their allies to achieve greater representation for females in all parts of the film industry,” the report states, “the percentage of women barely inched up to 23% from 20% last year in the 19 major non-acting categories that feature writing, editing, producing, and directing roles.” Read the full report here.


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Women were totally shut out of three categories this year: Original Score, Sound Editing and Visual Effects. In all of Oscar history, only five women have ever been nominated for original score, and only one in the past 10 years – Mica Levi for Jackie.

“Once again this year, there are no female nominees for Visual Effects,” the report states. “Female VFX supervisors worked on only 5% of the 250 top-grossing films in 2014, and the numbers do not appear to be improving.” No women were nominated this year for Sound Editing, and in the past ten years, only eight of the 99 nominees in the category were females – including three last year.

The report, however, did note an Oscar nomination breakthrough for women – and a woman – this year when Mudbound’s Rachael Morrison made history by becoming the first female cinematographer to receive a nomination in 90 years of the Oscars.

“Rachel Morrison shattered the glass ceiling for women nominees in cinematography, and we applaud her historic achievement. We are also proud of the efforts of all women who continue to break barriers in the film industry, despite systemic cultural and institutional bias,” said Julie Burton, president of the Women’s Media Center, which was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Gloria Steinem and author Robin Morgan.

And Lady Bird writer-director Greta Gerwig became only the fifth woman ever nominated for Best Director, and the first since Kathryn Bigelow, who was nominated and won in 2009 for The Hurt Locker. Four films directed by women have been nominated for Best Picture since 2009, but none of the women received director nominations. And if Gerwig wins, she’ll become the first woman ever to win a Best Director award for a film she also wrote.

In the Best Picture race, eight women producers were nominated – down from last year’s 10-year high of nine women nominated. This year, women represent 27% of the Best Picture nominees, compared to 30% last year. “This is especially disappointing, considering five of the nine films nominated for Best Picture star or costar a female lead, and four of them have Best Actress nominations,” the report states. “This represents an unusually strong year for female-driven films. The last time there were four Best Picture contenders featuring Best Actress nominees was 2012. There are 22 men and eight women producers nominated this year, compared to 21 men and nine women last year.”

In the writing categories, all four of the female nominees are first-time nominees. This year three of the seven nominees for Best Original Screenplay are women – up from zero last year. The last time there were three female nominees in the category was in 2007. In the Adapted Screenplay category, only one of the nine nominees is a woman.

Women made “the most impressive gains” in the Animated Feature category, the report found – up from just 17% last year to 46% this year. “This is due primarily to two films in the category having been directed by women. It is extremely rare for there to be any female directors at all in this category, and to have two in the same year is by far a 10-year high. With three female producing nominees, that brings the total to five, up from two last year. Only two women have ever won in the category since its inception in 2001.”

The percentage of women nominated for Production Design increased from 30% to 33%, and the songwriting category showed major improvement for women, up from zero last year to four this year. But only one of nominees for Best Editing is a woman – the same as last year; and only one of the nominees for Best Sound Mixing is a woman – also the same as last year.


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The report found that there was “no significant change” for women producers or directors in the Documentary Feature category. Four women were nominated in the category for the second year in a row, with three producers and one director, while nine men were nominated. In the Documentary Short category, women dropped from 50% of the nominees last year to 38% this year.

The report found that women “continue to be underrepresented” in the Live Action Short category, with just 25% of the nominees this year being female — one director and one producer. But that was up from 12% last year.

Women gained slightly, however, in the Animated Short category, rising from 12% of the nominees last year to 20% this year. Two women were nominated alongside eight men, compared to one woman last year and seven men.

Female nominees in Makeup and Hairstyling increased to 33% this year compared to 14% a year ago. But women dropped to 50% percent of the nominees in the Costume Design category, with two nominations this year compared to all five last year.

“Over the past year,” Burton said, “many brave women have stepped forward to tell stories of pervasive sexual harassment and worse in the film industry, forcing the nation to realize how little power women have had in Hollywood and sparking new demands for change. The absence of women in critical behind-the-scenes roles – and the fact that men represent 77% of all nominees – means that women in the industry are missing opportunities for recognition and power. The larger society is deprived of women’s voices, perspectives, and creativity. At a time when women are demanding more power and visibility, these low numbers should be a wakeup call for Hollywood executives. The message is ‘Times up for inequality.’ ”

Here are some graphics included in the report; note that numbers are rounded up and therefore might exceed 100%:


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The Music Inside Guillermo del Toro’s Monster: Alexandre Desplat On His Score For ‘Shape Of Water’: Crew Call Podcast

French composer Alexandre Desplat arrived on the Hollywood scene in 2003-04 with back-to-back movies Girl With the Pearl Earring and Birth. Since then, the town has only asked him for more, spellbound by his ability to canvass various distinctive melodic styles, making them intrinsic and organic to a given film on screen.

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water marks the ninth original score Oscar nomination for Desplat following such great movies as The Queen, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The King’s Speech, Argo, Philomena, The Imitation Game, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. For quite some time, the question begged by awards pundits was “Why on earth hasn’t Alexandre Desplat won an Oscar already?”

Desplat would humbly explain it was because he wrote understated scores: ““It’s not about what’s a good or bad score at the Oscars, rather what’s exposed to the ears more…There aren’t that many understated scores that have won in the last 10 years. It’s not easy to write an understated score over a loud one.”

The last time he was nominated in 2015 was for The Imitation Game and Grand Budapest Hotel, and rather than cancel himself out,  Desplat won for the latter, a rollicking, toe-tapping Hungarian bonanza, and, yes, as the maestro would couch, “a loud score.”  While Desplat waited several years to win, that shouldn’t be a problem this year as many voters are not only hooked on The Shape of Water (it counts the most nominations at 13) but also the film’s romantic whistling waltz which encompasses Sally Hawkins’ mute Elisa and Doug Jones’ Amphibian man.

Desplat came to know del Toro through his productions Rise of the Guardians and the series Trollhunters, both of which the composer worked on.

In regards to how their collaboration on The Shape of Water began, Desplat says, “Two years ago, we had sushi together and he said I want to talk with you about fish.”

Desplat tells us more about Shape of Water and his career in the latest Crew Call.

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Stephen Colbert: Houseplant Makes Better Senator Than Marco Rubio After Florida School Shooting

Stephen Colbert, in his first Late Show broadcast since the latest school mass shooting, said he was “sickened and heartbroken” not only by the attack but by what he feared would be a complete lack of action by political leaders.

Sure enough, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida gave a speech saying that “if someone has decided ‘I’m going to commit this crime’ they’re going to find a way to do it,” by way of explaining his opposition to gun control/background check measures.

“If laws are useless, then why do we need you?” Colbert asked Rubio. “It seems like a houseplant would do a better job, and need a little less water,” he snarked, playing a clip of Rubio’s infamous water-bottle break while delivering the GOP response to Obama’s 2013 SOTU address.

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The only group that gives Colbert hope we can do something to protect children from gun violence “sadly is the children,” he said, noting that when students from the shot-up school saw their leaders do nothing, they responded, “Hold my root beer.”

More than just talk, the students have organized a series of walkouts at schools and a march in Washington D.C. And, hours before Colbert taped his show, the students bused to Tallahassee to beg their lawmakers to reinstate the assault weapons ban. “And, with these students watching from the gallery, legislators proved they hears their anguished cries – and voted ‘no’ anyway,” Colbert scoffed.

“I hope these kids don’t give up, because this is their lives and their future. There is reason for hope,” he assured them. “Look at the #MeToo movement. A lot of men in power did not see that coming, but it proved change can happen overnight. And this is an election year.”

“So if you want to see change, you have to go to the polls and tell the people who will not protect children that their time is up.”

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