The Costume Designers Guild (CDG) has announced nominations in five categories of theatrical films, television and commercials for its 2004 Excellence in Costume Design Awards. Winners of the Sixth Annual CDG Awards will be announced at a black-tie banquet from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, February 21. Anjelica Huston will be mistress of ceremonies of the CDG Awards for the fourth time. Celebrity presenters will be announced in the near future. Announcing the nominations was CDG President Deborah Nadoolman Landis. CDG officer Mary Rose oversees the Guild’s awards competition.

The nominees for 2004 Excellence in Costume Design Awards are:

Excellence in Film, Contemporary:
A Mighty Wind -- DURINDA WOOD
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle -- JOSEPH G. AULISI
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 -- CATHERINE THOMAS
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde -- SOPHIE de RAKOFF CARBONELL

Excellence in Film, Period/Fantasy:
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King -- NGILA DICKSON
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl -- PENNY ROSE
Seabiscuit -- JUDIANNA MAKOVSKY
The Last Samurai -- NGILA DICKSON

Excellence in Television , Contemporary:
Alias -- LAURA GOLDSMITH
Sex And The City -- PATRICIA FIELD
Six Feet Under -- JILL OHANNESON
The Sopranos -- JULIET POLCSA
Will & Grace -- LORI ESKOWITZ-CARTER

Excellence in Television, Period/Fantasy:
And Starring Pancho Villa As Himself -- EDUARDO CASTRO
Angels in America -- ANN ROTH
Carnivale -- RUTH MYERS (Pilot) and TERRY DRESBACH (Series)
Hitler, The Rise of Evil -- MARIA M. SCHICKER

Excellence in Commericial Costume Design:
Bacardi & Cola -- NANCY STEINER
Pier One Imports "Santa Baby" -- IVAN INGERMANN

As previously announced, James Acheson, three-time Award-winning Motion Picture Costume Designer (for The Last Emperor in 1988, Dangerous Liaisons in 1989 and Restoration in 1996), has been voted the Guild’s prestigious honorary Bulgari Career Achievement for Film Award. The Guild’s honorary Career Achievement in Television Award will be presented to Noel Taylor, winner of a 1978 Primetime Emmy for Actor, The Paul Muni Story. The President’s Award will go to Tzetzi Ganev and Tomas Velasco. Ganev is head of Custom Made costumes at the Western Costume Company and Velasco is one of the industry’s legendary studio tailors whose career dates back 60 years.

In addition, the following four Costume Designers will posthumously be inducted on Feb. 21 into CDG’S Hall of Fame, sponsored this year by the Anne Cole Collection: Howard Greer, Robert Kalloch, Bernard Newman and Richard Hornung. The Guild’s Distinguished Actor Award, still to be determined and announced, will be sponsored by Invicta Watch Group.

Each winner of a CDG award receives a work-of-art silver statuette, valued at $15,000 by its supplier, the famed Italian jewelers Bulgari. The award, one of the most sought-after statuettes in the world of awards, was designed by CDG member David LeVey who describes it as “an amorphous swirl of fabric resolving into a draped human figure of idealized female beauty.” The statuettes reflect a mixture of neo-classicism and 1940’s Hollywood glamour.

CDG’s Executive Director is James J. Casey Jr. Sponsors of this year’s CDG Awards include Bulgari , Anne Cole Collection, Invicta Watch Group, Daily Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Premiere, Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and The Scenographer. This year’s awards are being produced by jLine Productions (www.jlineproductions.com) and Executive Producer JL Pomeroy.