The Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild unveils its roster of nominees on Tuesday (Jan. 10). There are five film categories, with separates award for hair and makeup in each of two genres (contemporary and period/character) as well as one for special makeup effects. While each of the five races has five contenders, the guild does not always nominate those films that contend for the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar.
For example, last year “Mad Max: Fury Road” claimed both Special Makeup Effects and the makeup prize for Period/Character films here before prevailing at the Oscars; the only guild prize “Mad Max” lost was the Period/Character Hairstyling award, which went to “Cinderella.”
Conversely, the guild completely snubbed the two other Oscar contenders for Best Makeup & Hairstyling: “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” and “The Revenant.”
This year’s seven semi-finalists for Best Makeup & Hairstyling at the Oscars are:
Members of the academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch convened on Jan. 7 to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven films and vote for the final nominees, which will be announced with all other categories on Jan. 23.
In 2014, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won the awards for both period/character hairstyling and makeup before winning at the Oscars. One of its two rivals at the Oscars — “Guardians of the Galaxy’ — won both contemporary and special makeup (the other Oscar nominee, “Foxcatcher” contended in that latter category). However, “Guardians” lost the contemporary hairstyling race to “Birdman.”
And in 2013, “Dallas Buyers Club” won the Period/Character Makeup prize here before prevailing at the Oscars. One of its rival Oscar nominees, “Bad Grandpa,” claimed the Special Makeup Effects prize while the third Oscar contender, “The Lone Ranger,” was shut out.
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