Our annual look at the individual Oscar categories. If you miss a piece, click on the tag titled Oscar Circuit 2015. You can also see the official Oscar Predictions page for Best Makeup & Hairstyling.

As a freak for Oscar stats, it pains me to say that the field I have the least amount of fun, trivial statistics for is the first Oscar Circuit category I’ve been assigned, Best Makeup and Hairstyling. So first and foremost, if you have any fun and interesting tidbits for this category, please feel free to educate me in the comments section along with your own predictions.

One of the reasons, perhaps, that I don’t have a surplus of data for this category is the fact that it has only been in existence since the 54th Academy Awards (presented for the year 1981), when Rick Baker’s amazing craftsmanship on An American Werewolf in London beat out Stan Winston’s work on Heartbeeps to claim the first statuette for Makeup (another interesting fact to note is that AMPAS pulled the category off the table two years later in 1983, only to reinstate it the following year).

Something interesting to note, possibly, is the amount of times a Best Picture nominated film has won or lost the Makeup Oscar to a non-Best Picture nominated film. There have been 32 Oscars awarded for Best Makeup (the category added Hairstyling to its description in 2012), and in that time, only five Best Picture nominated films that were also nominated for Makeup lost in the latter category to a non-Best Picture nominee. The opportunity for a non Best Picture nominee to beat a Best Picture nominee has only occurred 11 times, however, which goes to show how disconnected this category is from the Best Picture race in the first place. In fact, in the 32 contests for Makeup, only ten times will you find the Best Picture winning film even nominated in this category, and out of those ten, only four went on to win the Makeup Oscar (Amadeus, 1984; Driving Miss Daisy, 1989; Braveheart, 1995; and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003).

This year, the only Makeup and Hairstyling nominee that is also nominated for Best Picture is The Grand Budapest Hotel.


The Nominees Are:

  • Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard, FoxcatcherFoxcatcher

This is the third Academy Award nomination for Bill Corso, who had previously received citations for Click (2006) and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), the latter of which he won for. This marks the first Academy Award nomination for Dennis Liddiard.


  • Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest HotelBudapest

While this is the first Academy Award nomination for Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier previously won the Oscar for The Iron Lady (2011).



  • Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White, Guardians of the GalaxyGuardians

These are the first Academy Award nominations for both Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White.




Looking back at the past fourteen years (2000-2013), the winners that seem to fall in line with the type of film/makeup used in Guardians of the Galaxy are Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King (2001 and 2003), Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), Star Trek (2009), and The Wolfman (2010). The previous winners that seem similar to Foxcatcher are Frida (2002), La Vie en Rose (2007), The Iron Lady (2011), and Dallas Buyers Club (2013). And finally, the previous winners that remind me of The Grand Budapest Hotel are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). I’m curious if you’d agree with that assessment or not. If you do, then it seems like their pick would lean towards Guardians of the Galaxy, no?
But here’s something else that might sway your prediction: in that same 14 year span, BAFTA Makeup winners matched up with Oscar Makeup winners eight times. The BAFTA winner this year was The Grand Budapest Hotel. I think Makeup and Hairstyling could end up being one of the categories voters feel good recognizing one of their favorite films of the year.

Will Win: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Should/Could Win: Guardians of the Galaxy

Should Have Been Nominated: Snowpiercer