2019 Oscars Look: Best Makeup and Hairstyling


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And the Nominees are:

  • Border,” Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
  • Mary Queen of Scots,” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks
  • Vice,” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney

“Border” (Neon)

Nominees: Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer

The Best Makeup and Hairstyling category often includes a nominee that’s not cited by Oscar anywhere else. “Border” is that movie this time around. Pamela Goldammer and Göran Lundström are first time nominees for their work on this Swedish film. The makeup on display is very flashy and essential to the plot, which is always a plus. However, it’s just such a small scale title, it seems destined to be swallowed up by the other two nominees. There’s a day where it shocks as a dark horse winner, but no one should be betting the farm on that outcome. Goldammer and Lundström will see the nomination as their reward, in all likelihood.

“Mary Queen of Scots” (Focus Features)

Nominees: Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks

This category is often friendly to period pieces. As such, “Mary Queen of Scots” would fit in nicely with other Best Makeup and Hairstyling winners. At the same time, for a presumed big time contender, it arguably underperformed with Oscar nominations, only getting one other besides this. In its corner is a win at the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards. The film took the category of Best Period And/Or Character Hair Styling. If the voters look to the hairstyling aspect, this movie could really benefit. Jessica Brooks and Marc Pilcher are first time nominees here, but Jenny Shircore is on her third citation, having won for “Elizabeth” her first time out. It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see this one emerge victorious, but it may ultimately fall just short to the title we’re about to discuss.

“Vice” (Annapurna Pictures)

Nominees: Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney

The only Best Picture nominee of the group, “Vice” boasts another seven nominations besides this one. That’s not something that locks it in for the win, but it never hurts. The reason this seems poised to win and take the Oscar for Makeup and Hairstyling is because the guild went for it in a big way. The movie took two prizes from the MUAHS awards, and that’s a big deal. It won for Best Period And/Or Character Make-Up as well as Best Special Make-Up Effects. Plus, while Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney are first time nominees, Greg Cannom is a giant in the category. He has three wins (for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Dracula,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire“) making for a total of eleven nominations. That combination of factors is what should fuel the fire and get the film across the finish line. It’s hardly a done deal, but it does seem like “Vice” will take the Academy Award here.

WILL WIN: “Vice”
COULD WIN: “Mary Queen of Scots”
SHOULD HAVE BEEN NOMINATED: “The Favourite” and “A Star Is Born”

Which film do you foresee winning the Academy Award for “Best Makeup and Hairstyling”? Let us know in the comments below!