Best Makeup and Hairstyling, a category whose name was changed in 2012 to include hairstyling, has typically been awarded to the film with the most extensive prosthetic makeup, usually to create creatures for sci-fi and fantasy films (“The Wolfman,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”), or to age or transform actors in biopics (“La Vie en Rose,” “Frida,” “The Iron Lady“).
However, last year’s winner was “Dallas Buyers Club,” which famously beat “Bad Grandpa” and “The Lone Ranger” despite a makeup budget of only $250. The previous year, Makeup/Hairstyling went to the period musical “Les Miserables,” which beat a pair of films that fit the usual criteria: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” with its elaborate creature makeup, and “Hitchcock,” which turned Anthony Hopkins into the legendary director.
“Dallas Buyers Club” and “Les Miserables” had much more overall academy support than their rivals, which means it might be wise to bet on the strongest Best Picture contenders when picking the winner.
Sci-fi/fantasy films like “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Maleficent,” “Into the Woods,” “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Horns,” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” are also in the mix.
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