Many of the technical categories at the Academy Awards have several rounds of voting before the final nominees are determined. One of these so-called “bake-offs” is the Makeup race. Seven films — “Alice in Wonderland,” “Barney’s Version,” “The Fighter,” “Jonah Hex,” “True Grit,” “The Way Back” and “Wolfman” — are in contention for three slots. Members of the Makeup branch will gather at the academy on Jan. 22 to screen 10-minute segments from these seven movies and vote for their top three.
A picture really is worth a thousand words when it comes to the wizardry performed by the makeup artists. See all seven contenders in our photo gallery.