Seven films have made the cut with the motion picture academy’s Makeup & Hairstyling Branch Executive Committee, and they’re as noteworthy for the titles that were excluded as for the ones still in the running. Chief among the snubs is the lavish Disney fantasy musical “Into the Woods,” which had actually led our predictions to win the category. Now, all branch members will have the opportunity to view 10-minute excerpts from these shortlisted works on Jan. 10 to determine the three films that make the Oscar ballot.
The seven semifinalists are as follows:
This 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.
That could be good news for “Foxcatcher,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which despite lacking the showy makeup effects of their rivals (save Steve Carell‘s famous prosthetic nose in “Foxcatcher”), are the top Oscar contenders of the bunch. “Theory” ranks fifth in our overall predictions for Best Picture, “Foxcatcher” ranks eighth, and “Grand Budapest Hotel” is 10th.
The four remaining films are big-budget fantasies: the superhero actiioner “Amazing Spider-Man 2”; another comic book adaptation, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which features extensive makeup to transform its cast into various humanoid aliens; the Disney fairy tale “Maleficent”; and Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic “Noah.”
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