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
|1991||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Hook
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
|1992||Bram Stoker’s Dracula||Batman Begins
|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
|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
|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
|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
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
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
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.