Oscars’ makeup branch skunks ‘The Hobbit’ and ’12 Years a Slave’

Never mind that “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” led the Oscar predictions for Best Makeup and Hairstyling by our Experts at Gold Derby. It wasn’t even in the list of seven semi-finalists unveiled today by the motion-picture academy. That’s particularly strange considering “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was nominated last year while “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” won the category one decade ago.

Also snubbed were three more in our top seven this year: “12 Years a Slave,” “The Butler” and “Rush.”

Instead, the academy advanced “American Hustle,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “The Lone Ranger. “

On Saturday, January 11, all members of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films, which will be announced on Jan. 16.

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