Oscars 2012 Nominations: Handicapping
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
"The Hobbit" is a fantasy epic. Two of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films, won this category: "Fellowship of the Ring" and "Return of the King."
"Snow White and the Huntsman" is a fantasy film, often a popular genre in the Best Makeup category.
"Men in Black III" is a sci-fi comedy featuring extensive creature design. The first "Men in Black" film won this award in 1997.
"Looper" is a futuristic sci-fi film in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt is made to look like a younger Bruce Willis through makeup and hairstyling.
"Lincoln" is a period biopic in which makeup and hairstyling are used to transform the actors into famous politicians of the period. Other biopics with extensive makeup have won this category, including "La Vie en Rose," "The Iron Lady," and "Frida."
"Les Miserables" is a period musical. The last musical nominated in this category was "Moulin Rouge" in 2001.
Hair and makeup are used to transform Anthony Hopkins into Alfred Hitchcock, and to similarly transform the rest of the cast into the famous figures they protray. Biopics have often won this category, including "The Iron Lady," "La Vie en Rose," "Frida," and "Ed Wood."