2021 CDGA: Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers Honored with Distinguished Contributor Award

Congratulations to Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers!

Longtime producing partners were honored with the prestigious Distinguished Contributor Award at the 2021 Costume Designers Guild Awards. Nicola Coughlan, who plays Penelope Featherington in her hit new series, Bridgerton, presented the award to the ladies on Tuesday, calling Shondaland “a place to be human” and dressing to the nines.

“Good evening, Shonda and I could not be more excited and grateful for this honor,” Beers began, referring to the costume designers and their “wonderful art that has helped us bring these characters and their essences to life.” “What you do requires research, imagination, technical skill, patience, vision, and often audacity. And with each of our series, it’s clear that costume designers have changed the culture and created moments and style trends that a They often outlive the shows they came from. “

Rhimes added, “Costumes are more than the clothes actors wear on screen. Costumes tell stories, spirit, and each character’s journey is communicated in every ball gown, every medical cap, every white cap you see in the screen”. He then individually thanked all of the “resourceful creative minds” who have partnered with Shondaland and helped bring their characters to life.

He concluded by giving his heartfelt thanks to the Costume Designers Guild Awards.

CDG president Salvador PĂ©rez said earlier in a statement announcing the news that “we cannot think of any other duo more deserving of this award.”

“From the record series Grey’s Anatomy to the latest binge-worthy series Bridgerton, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have been longtime members of the Costume Designers Guild, “he explained.” Over the years, the two have created culture-defining television moments with the support of fellow collaborators and costume designers. “

CDGA Executive Producer JL Pomeroy added: “Shonda and Betsy’s partnership lasts for decades; their collaboration as two powerful women in Hollywood is as inspiring as the collaborative relationship they build with each of their costume designers. Together, they build worlds where every race, ethnicity, Gender and sexuality is celebrated as something beautiful and represented in all its forms. We feel this year was especially meaningful to show their aspirational worlds on screen and off, in their dedication to art to tell stories “.

Acceptance of the award comes just hours after Netflix revealed that Bridgerton It has been renewed for seasons 3 and 4. The second installment of the show, which will focus on the search for love of Bridgerton’s eldest son, Lord Anthony (Jonathan Bailey), is currently in production.

“From the first time I read the delicious Bridgerton series, I knew these were stories that would captivate audiences. But the evolution of this adaptation would not be a success without the many significant contributions from the entire Shondaland team, “Rhimes said in a statement.” This two-season truck is a strong vote of confidence in our work and I am incredibly grateful to have such collaborative and creative partners like Netflix. Betsy and I are delighted to have the opportunity to continue to bring the world of Bridgerton to a worldwide audience. “

Fans were shocked earlier this month when it emerged that rising star Regé-Jean Page would not be returning as the Duke of Hastings for season 2. Rhimes and Beers addressed his departure in a new interview posted by Vanity fair on Tuesday.

“[RegĂ©-Jean] He’s a powerful and incredible actor and that means we did our job – every season, our job is to find the right people and put together this incredible world-changing romance, “said Rhimes.” I don’t know if I expected this big bang, since each book [in the Bridgerton series] it’s a different romance. What would be the forever of this combo? I mean seriously: what would RegĂ©-Jean do, you know what I mean? We gave them their happily ever after! And now we have the next couple on the way. “

“It’s amazing, but that’s our job and something that Betsy and I have been doing since, well, God, has it been 20 years? – is finding men,” she continued. “I mean hopefully women too, but find men that our audiences find devastatingly attractive and become too attached to, and rage when we move them in some way.”

Beers chimed in and added, “It’s delightful that the fans are so into his character, and he’s a wonderful actor and a fantastic guy. I just want to say that. Okay? He is.”

As for the reports that Page was offered a deal to come back for some season 2 cameos, but did he turn it down? Rhimes told the outlet they “made a one-season deal with him at the beginning of the first season.”

“That was the plan: to come and do a season as Duke. Anything else was extra and it wasn’t really the plan when we started, it wasn’t the plan when we finished,” he explained. “So there have been a lot of fantastically interesting talks, mainly because I think people are having a hard time letting go.”

Rhimes clarified to Vanity fair that Page was invited to return for season 2 cameos, along with a few other season one characters outside of the Bridgerton family. Hear more about Page’s departure and everything we know about season 2 of the series in the video below:

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