The Costume Designers Guild announced that it will grant honorary awards to film director, screenwriter, producer and actor Quentin Tarantino, and veteran costume designer Ellen Mirojnick at its 18th annual awards gala, scheduled for Feb. 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Tarantino will receive the Distinguished Collaborator Award in recognition of his creative partnerships with costume designers. Most recently, Tarantino wrote and directed The Hateful Eight, starring Samuel Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bruce Dern. In The Hateful Eight, several years after the end of the Civil War, a band of strangers seek refuge from a blizzard in a mountainside stopover, and discover that hidden allegiances and dangerous motives threaten their survival. The Weinstein Company will release The Hateful Eight in a 70mm roadshow on Dec. 25, with a wide theatrical release set for Jan. 8.
Tarantino’s list of film credits include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, (which earned him an Academy Award for best screenplay), Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Grindhouse: Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, (which earned him an Academy Award nomination for best achievement in directing and best original screenplay) and Django Unchained (which earned him a second Academy Award for best original screenplay).
The Hateful Eight actor Kurt Russell will present him with the award.
Mirojnick is this year’s recipient of the Career Achievement Award, an honor that recognizes her body of work in film and television. Mirojnick’s early interests in fine art, photography and fashion led her to the High School of Music and Art, The School of Visual Arts and Parsons School of Design. Her education and passion for design laid the foundation for her career in costume design, which has spanned over three decades.
Mirojnick won a Primetime Emmy and Costume Designers Guild Award (CDGA) for her work on HBO’s Behind the Candelabra. She received a CDGA nomination for the first season of Cinemax’s The Knick, starring Clive Owen. Her work with Steven Soderbergh continues into the second season of The Knick. Mirojnick is also currently working with director Angelina Jolie Pitt on her next feature film.
Her notable film credits include Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct, Chaplin, Showgirls, Speed, Cocktail, Unfaithful, Face/Off and What Women Want. Additionally, she designed the costumes for the pilot of How to Get Away with Murder.