Oscars 2017 Category Breakdown: Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Every year, as we lead up to the Oscars, I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category; what the trends are, how the guilds and stuff help (or don’t), etc. I also do it as a precursor to my giant Oscar ballot. I get most of the heavy lifting out of the way here, so that way when I get to the article, I’m just kind of riffing on how I think it’ll turn out and talking myself into all the bad decisions. It’s like college. And this is the pregame.
How these articles work is — I give you all the previous winners and nominees of each of the categories, then tell you how accurate each of the respective guilds and precursors are in what they vote for versus what wins the Oscar, tell you how each of them voted this year, then give you this year’s category, along with a quick rundown of how we ended up with that category (what was a surprise, etc). After that, I rank each of this year’s nominees in terms of how I see them right now in terms of their likelihood to win. Which is nothing more than my perception (notice that underline, even though you won’t) of how the category seems at the moment based on everything I know and have seen. Which will give you a general sense of the favorites.
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
|2016||Suicide Squad||A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
There is a Makeup & Hairstylists Guild, but most of the time, you can use intuition to figure out what’s going to win.
Best Makeup & Hairstyling
Victoria & Abdul
Pretty straightforward. There were seven shortlisted films. The only other one who seemingly had a shot at a nomination was I, Tonya. in the end, they took Victoria & Abdul. Okay. Either way, it was gonna be the #3.
3. Victoria & Abdul — Did people even see this? No one is taking this, sight unseen. Not when the other two nominees have such showy jobs with the makeup. We can try to reason a way in which this wins, but for now, there’s no way you can’t immediately understand why this is the #3 in terms of likelihood to win. There’s really nothing more to add. It just is.
2. Wonder — The protagonist has a facial deformity. It’s like Mask all over again. (Mask, by the way, won this category.) If it weren’t for the favorite, this would probably be the winner. But I can’t see it coming down with it, even if the movie was a surprise hit. Though if it does manage a win with this being its only nomination, I guess you’d have to call it a one hit… Wonder!
*backs away slowly*
1. Darkest Hour — Gary Oldman is gonna win Best Actor, so people know the makeup job. They transform him into Winston Churchill, and it’s believable. It already has a BFCA win and will win the BAFTA in like ten days. Think back to when Meryl won for playing Margaret Thatcher. The makeup team came along with her. Why? Because she campaigned with them and brought them to events. Gary Oldman’s been doing the same. This is your favorite.
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