In 1981, the Academy Awards established a new competitive category for makeup. Most of the time, there’s only three nominees. In 1982, 1983, 1988, and 2003, there were only two nominees. The most nominees this category has ever had was four back in 2000.
I have no idea why there’s usually only three nominees instead of five like most of the other categories. Imagine all the worthy candidates that could’ve made it in if there were five nominees like American Hustle, Black Mass, Cloud Atlas, The Danish Girl, Deadpool, Hugo, Into the Woods, Jackie, Lincoln, My Week with Marilyn, etc.
Does anyone know (or at least have a theory) why there’s only three nominees for Best Makeup & Hairstyling?
It might be because their pre-nomination shortlist only has 7 films, and eliminating only 2 films after that seems strange. The visual effects category was the same until 2010 when they increased the bakeoff to 10 films.
I hope starting next year they’ll increase the bakeoff to 10 films, and from those 10 films, 5 become the official nominees. It’s time for this category to have 5 nominees permanently. If short films can have 5 nominees, why not makeup and hairstyling? There were so many great films that could have been nominated. I know many people were quite upset when Deadpool didn’t make the shortlist. Films like Swiss Army Man, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie and La La Land could have been nominated here.