“Mad Max: Fury Road” cemented it’s front-runner status for Best Makeup & Hairstyling at the Oscars with two wins from the guild last week. These kudos snubbed the other two Oscar nominees: “The Revenant” and “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared.” Last year the guild, which took a ten-year hiatus between 2003-2013, gave two prizes to the eventual Oscar winner, “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
This year is unique in that all of the teams are first-time nominees. Let’s take a closer look at the category to see who has the best chance at winning.
“Mad Max: Fury Road”: Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega, Damian Martin
This trio created the kind of wild, extravagant makeup that has been the cornerstone of this category since it was introduced in 1981. From albino soldiers to grimy heroines, to a vicious villain with a mask that rivals Hannibal Lecter’s, this team gave audiences sights they’ve never seen before. With wins from both the guild, BAFTA, and BFCA, need we say more?
Votes: 25 Experts; 7 Editors; 22 of Top 24 Users; 85% of All Users
“The Revenant”: Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert A. Pandini
Grigg, who’s been Leonardo DiCaprio’s personal makeup artist since “Titanic” (1997), certainly had her work cut out for her with “The Revenant.” After turning the matinee idol into a convincing frontiersman, she enlisted the help of prosthetics maestro Jarman, who fashioned the many bleeding, festering wounds resulting from that harrowing bear attack. Bring in Robert A. Pandini to faithfully recreate the hair styles of the time, and you’ve got a trio that could give the “Mad Max” folks a run for their money, especially if “The Revenant” should sweep.
Votes: 1 Expert; 1 of Top 24 Users; 15% of All Users
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”: Love Larson, Eva Von Bahr
This bid was one of the biggest surprises of nominations morning. The team behind “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2011) not only turned 47-year-old Robert Gustafsson into an octogenarian, but convincingly portrayed his character at various stages of his life. As “Mad Max” and “The Revenant” go head-to-head throughout the tech categories, there’s always the possibility of a third nominee sneaking in to win, yet in the case of this little film that could, the nomination may be its reward.
Votes: 1 Top 24 Users; <1% of All Users
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