‘The Artist,’ Hugo’ and ‘The Iron Lady’ among semi-finalists for Best Makeup at Oscars

Many of the technical categories at the Academy Awards have several rounds of voting before the final nominees are determined. One of these so-called “bake-offs” is the Makeup race. VIEW GALLERY

The seven films in contention for three slots are:

Albert Nobbs
The Artist
“Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life”
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady

The most noticeable snub was to BAFTA winner Sian Grigg (“The Aviator”) and her team for the makeup in “J. Edgar.” While the aging of Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was worthy of consideration, the prosthetics on Armie Hammer hampered his performance as Clyde Tolson

Aging makeup in “The Iron Lady” and “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life” will take on the showier work in the imagined world of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.” Best Picture frontrunner “The Artist” is a surprising addition here. There is some period styling in the film. Hairstyling — like Jean Dujardin’s slicked back hairdo — contributes to the makeup branch’s decision-making process. This also surely helped “Hugo” go the distance.But don’t discount the showy work in Elizabethan era-set “Anonymous” or late 19th century-set “Albert Nobbs.” 

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Members of the Makeup branch will gather at the academy on Jan. 21 to screen 10-minute segments from these seven semi-finalists and vote for their top three. These will be the nominees revealed, along with the other competitive categories, on Jan. 24. 


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