Just a quick one
while he’s away.
They announced the shortlist for Best Makeup:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Men in Black 3
Snow White and the Huntsman
If I had to guess as of right now, I’d say your likely nominees are The Hobbit, Lincoln and either Les Mis or Hitchcock. I can’t imagine Men in Black makes it, given the overall quality of the film and the likelihood that classier films make it on here (typically. But it is Rick Baker, so don’t rule him out. Fucker got nominated for Norbit. Though the second Men in Black wasn’t nominated, so I’d be surprised to see it on here. But again — Rick Baker, and aliens. So actually it might be a better bet than Lincoln.) Snow White and the Huntsman also seems like a longshot. I understand Looper, but I have a hard time thinking that the branch is gonna nominate it just for giving Joseph Gordon-Levitt a fake nose. I’m cool with it, though, if they want to go there. I haven’t seen Les Mis, so I don’t know, but based on what I assume they do, I can say that’ll probably get on. It seems like it’s gonna get a lot of nominations. So honestly, I feel like the most likely category is The Hobbit, Les Mis and Lincoln, with Hitchcock being first alternate. Though I’m starting to think more and more that Men in Black does have a legit shot at this. (Also, where the hell is Cloud Atlas?)
Tomorrow is my eagerly awaited (by me, mostly) Top Tens of the 1930s list, and Monday we go over the Best Original Song Shortlist, and I get to listen to all that stuff. Very excited.
Today, we look at Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Art Direction. Three categories most people couldn’t care less about.
I’ll agree with you on Makeup. It’s an essential piece of moviemaking, but it’s also not a particularly exciting Oscar category. Typically the category is boring, or you know who’s going to win as soon as it’s announced. Or both. You’ll see when you look at which films won the category — it’s obvious.
Best Costume Design is a category I do like. In theory. In practice — it’s too much of the “Best Period Piece” award. They always give it to whatever Victorian-era costumes are nominated. Which doesn’t lead to particularly interesting categories.
Best Art Direction, on the other hand, now there’s a category I like. Because Art Direction (in layman’s terms: sets. Every set, every prop, everything you see in a scene that’s not the actors or their clothes — that’s art direction. Hogwarts? Art Direction. The wands? Art Direction) is something that can be really interesting. Look at some of the nominees over the years and you’ll go, “Oooh…yeah.” I really gained respect for this category in 2002, when they showed sketches of all the sets of the nominees, from concept to execution, and they showed Dante Ferretti’s brilliant designs for Gangs of New York (which really should have won that year). Since then, I’ve paid much more attention to the art direction of a film, and now view this category as one of the top awards.
So that’s what we’re doing today. We’ll start with Costume Design and end on Art Direction. (more…)
Oh boy. A third one for today.
The Academy has announced that 7 films have been shortlisted for Best Makeup. They are:
- Albert Nobbs
- The Artist
- Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- The Iron Lady
And the world breathes a collective sigh of relief as J. Edgar is not included. (more…)