Oscars 2016 Category Breakdown: Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it typically goes, voting-wise, historically and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

What I do is go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have voted, how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win. So you know what the general favorites are.

Today is Best Makeup & Hairstyling. A category we usually don’t really care about which is especially the case this year.

Year Best Makeup Winners Other Nominees
1981 An American Werewolf in London Heartbeeps
1982 Quest for Fire Gandhi
1983 No award given. No category.
1984 Amadeus Greystroke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes


1985 Mask The Color Purple

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins

1986 The Fly The Clan of the Cave Bear


1987 Harry and the Hendersons Happy New Year
1988 Beetlejuice Coming to America


1989 Driving Miss Daisy The Adventures of Baron Munchausen


1990 Dick Tracy Cyrano de Bergerac

Edward Scissorhands

1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Hook

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

1992 Bram Stoker’s Dracula Batman Begins


1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Philadelphia

Schindler’s List

1994 Ed Wood Forrest Gump

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

1995 Braveheart My Family, Mi Familia


1996 The Nutty Professor Ghosts of Mississippi

Star Trek: First Contact

1997 Men in Black Mrs. Brown


1998 Elizabeth Saving Private Ryan

Shakespeare in Love

1999 Topsy-Turvy Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Bicentennial Man


2000 How the Grinch Stole Christmas The Cell

Shadow of the Vampire

2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring A Beautiful Mind

Moulin Rouge!

2002 Frida The Time Mahine
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

2004 Lemony Snicker’s A Series of Unfortunate Events The Passion of the Christ

The Sea Inside

2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Cinderella Man

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

2006 Pan’s Labyrinth Apocalypto


2007 La Vie en Rose Norbit

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button The Dark Knight

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

2009 Star Trek Il Divo

The Young Victoria

2010 The Wolfman Barney’s Version

The Way Back

2011 The Iron Lady Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

2012 Les Misérables Hitchcock

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2013 Dallas Buyers Club Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

The Lone Ranger

2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Foxcatcher

Guardians of the Galaxy

2015 Mad Max: Fury Road The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The Revenant

We don’t bother with the guild because the nominations process is so weird in this category that you just have to take the category on its own terms.

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

The others on the shortlist were Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Dressmaker and Hail, Caesar!

The latter two are not that much of a surprise. A Man Called Ove is, just because I saw that movie and still don’t get where the makeup was. I guess to make the main actor look older? I don’t know. This is one of those years, kind of like 2009 — you don’t really know, but you can kinda figure which way they’re gonna go.


3. A Man Called Ove — No one’s gonna have seen this movie, so no one will vote for it. It’s that simple. It’s never happened that movie no one is at least generally aware of has won this category, and this will not change that. #3.

2. Suicide Squad — The stink on this movie is so great that I don’t think they’ll care that the makeup here is pretty solid. I can’t see this getting anywhere in an open vote. Maybe it wins, because technically it’s 50/50 between this and Star Trek, but there are a nice handful of reasons to think this won’t win. It’ll have to settle for simply being Academy Award nominee Suicide Squad.

1. Star Trek Beyond — The first film in the franchise won this award in a category as forgettable as this one. I imagine they’ll vote for it on that alone. Think about it — you’re casting your votes. If you vote at all in this category (we’re assuming people won’t just skip it entirely), you look at the nominees, “Don’t know the foreign one. Suicide Squad? Wasn’t that a piece of shit?/That was a huge piece of shit. Oh, Star Trek. That wasn’t so bad. Those are generally okay.” And then they check it off. That’s how this wins. You have to consider it the favorite. What else do you have?

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Tomorrow is Best Documentary Feature.


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