Oscar Circuit: Best Makeup

hobbit makeupMakeup can be a truly wonderful thing. I apply makeup to my face every morning and I am transformed into a better looking version of myself. In film, a makeup team is put together to transform an actor into their character. This team is compiled of artists with different talents ranging from hair design, to makeup design to creating prosthetics for the actor.

Most years this category can become quite boring with the most obvious movie of the bunch winning. In recent years past winners have included The Wolfman, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, La Vie en Rose, Star Trek and most recently The Iron Lady. It’s no lie when I say the Academy loves the “transformation trick.” They don’t give in to subtly, they love big transformations and usually the team that does the most work wins the Academy Award.

The Nominees are:

Hitchcock- Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- Peter King, Tami Lane, Rick Findlater
Les Miserables- Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell


Oscar winner Howard Berger, first time nominee Peter Montagna and three time

nominee Martin Samuel were faced with a difficult task on the set of Hitchcock. They were challenged with transforming Anthony Hopkins into the great Alfred Hitchcock. Did they succeed? I don’t believe they did and I don’t believe they deserve a nomination either.

The Hobbit’s team includes Oscar winners Peter King and Tami Lane, along with first time nominee Rick Findlater. With Peter Jackson wanting to film this movie in a more advanced way, the makeup team was put to the test. Prosthetics supervisor Tami Lane knew that if they didn’t apply the prosthetics and makeup perfectly it wouldn’t be forgiving on screen, so they were forced to do more than they normally would. The Academy honored both The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King for makeup design and it would be silly not to assume that they will win once again for their work on The Hobbit.

les miserables jackmanOscar nominees Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell knew the makeup involved in Les Miserables would be all about specific detail. Their main concern was turning beautiful people into these run down characters, and to make absolutely certain that Hugh Jackman aged perfectly throughout the film. With so many close ups in Les Miserables, hair and makeup designer Lisa Westcott wanted to be sure that each character had their own personality and told a story with their makeup. She gave a lot of attention to teeth, eyes, wigs and especially the way the poor characters looked. We see movies like this nominated all the time and they never win.

It’s quite obvious the film that will win in this category. With Hitchcock being done so poorly and Les Miserables being so subtle in its detail, the only movie left is The Hobbit. With The Lord of the Rings films winning in this category, it only makes sense to assume that The Hobbit will walk away with a win. But if I spent all day for months transforming regular people into the characters of Middle Earth, I’d be demanding an Oscar.

I would love to see Les Miserables win but my predicted winner is below.

Predicted Winner- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


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