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A technical category like makeup & hairstyling is on par with costume design; whoever has the most outlandish stuff slapped on their head wins, right? And with only three contenders, the odds and queries about winners don’t come off as daunting as they should be in comparison to something like Best Picture where past precedent and the like comes into effect. With that, let’s examine the nominees in makeup and hairstyling!
The Nominees Are:
“Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.) – Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin, Elka Wardega
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” (Buena Vista International) – Love Larson & Eva von Bahr
“The Revenant” (20th Century Fox) – Graham Johnston, Adrien Morot, Robert Pandini
Past 10 Winners:
2014 – “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
2013 – “Dallas Buyers Club” (Focus Features) – Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
2012 – “Les Misérables” (Universal Pictures) – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
2011 – “The Iron Lady” (The Weinstein Company) – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
2010 – “The Wolfman” (Universal Pictures) – Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
2009 – “Star Trek” (Paramount Pictures) – Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, and Joel Harlow
2008 – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount Pictures) – Greg Cannom
2007 – “La Vie en Rose” (The Weinstein Company) – Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
2006 – “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse) – David Martí and Montse Ribé
2005 – “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (Buena Vista) – Howard Berger and Tami Lane
Based on the definition I gave above then Mad Max: Fury Road is the clear front-runner. Many of the characters lack hair, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult for example, but they’re complimented by makeup that emphasizes the post-apocalyptic landscape like Hoult’s pale coloring. Theron’s look in the film especially stands out – her shaved hair downplaying her looks and putting her on a pedestal to lead men; the grease from the car acting as a mask, hiding her motivations. The rest of the cast are given amazingly realistic and grotesque appearances, take Immortan Joe and his brothers for instance, all of whom are a decked out to be a carnival of grotesqueries in contrast to the glamorous and ethereal beauty of Joe’s brides. Factoring in that the other two nominees take realism in a less showy direction, emphasizing the realism of modern or past times than anything in the future, Mad Max looks to take this.
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Jumped Out the Window and Disappeared was the surprise name for many pundits. The small, multinational production based on the book of the same name follows a man as he starts on a new path in life at the age of 100. With little more than a trailer to go off of it’s assumed the nomination is more for the old-man makeup on star Robert Gustafasson. Based on that, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button pops into my head, a film that actually took the win this category for significantly aging star Brad Pitt. This film is far smaller than David Fincher’s Oscar pony of 2008, but the inclusion of the film here at all might make it a dark horse. If Mad Max starts sweeping though, it’s doubtful this has enough power to nab a win.
The Revenant’s nomination for makeup and hairstyling seems the oddest, as it’s a very low-key amount of production involved. Most of the actors grew their own beards, their hair sufficiently long and it’s doubtful any type of significant styling went into it…maybe then that’s the point. The biggest get for this would be in the makeup department, particularly in the horrific wounds on Leonardo DiCaprio post-bear attack. In fact, photos of the makeup department crafting each individual gash on DiCaprio has been going around in a bid to show off the film’s makeup skills. Honestly, though, that doesn’t seem to be enough to cement it as the best in the category. If The Revenant starts sweeping it could nab this just on a name recognition, but it’s lacks the panache of the effects in Mad Max.
Will Win: It’s between Mad Max and The Revenant. However Mad Max shows artistry with the makeup and hair, whereas The Revenant seems too low-key. I see Mad Max: Fury Road taking this one.
Could Win: If either Revenant or Mad Max starts gobbling up wins this is a foregone conclusion, but don’t discount The 100-Year-Old Man. Considering most of the Oscar voters can identify with the lead character and his old-age makeup (yes, that was a burn), they might throw it a bone.
Should Win: Mad Max, all the way!
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