Oscars 2016: Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist

They announced the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist today.

This is the one shortlist I don’t question. I don’t know how they figure it out, and I don’t really care what they left off, because you could spend days trying to figure out the methodology. All I know is — they give me seven, so I work with those seven. The rest is a fool’s errand.

Here are your shortlisted films for Best Makeup & Hairstyling:


The Dressmaker

Florence Foster Jenkins

Hail, Caesar!

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

Now… I’m no expert (but I play one on TV!), but The Dressmaker seems really unlikely, given that nobody knows what the hell that is. And Suicide Squad seems unlikely just because… what makeup? The white face paint? I know I’m exaggerating, but do we really think they’ll go for that?

The first Star Trek won this award. A Man Called Ove sounds likely, or maybe that’s just me going off the 100 Year-Old-Man film from last year. Deadpool seems likely just because the big testicle face of his. Hail Caesar — huh? Okay. And Florence Foster Jenkins… okay. Meryl got The Iron Lady to win, so let’s not rule that out either.

What a weird shortlist.

I gotta figure no to The Dressmaker, no to Hail Caesar, probably not to Suicide Squad. Deadpool, Florence and Star Trek. Those feel like the likely nominees. But fuck if I know. What a shitshow of a category. I’m leaving this alone and dealing with it next month.


One response

  1. Hail, Caesar! actually had some nice subtle makeup to suggest the makeup actors at the time would’ve been wearing. Like in the cocktail party scene (the “would that it ’twere so simple” scene) I noticed the makeup on the actress Alden Ehrenreich is playing against. It’s subtle, but it’s there, and I get it.

    December 21, 2016 at 8:29 pm

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