Closer look at Makeup Oscar: Can ‘Guardians’ beat ‘Grand Budapest’?

The race for Best Makeup and Hairstyling is yet another tech category that has split our experts. The Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hairstylists Guild went for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and they’ve correctly predicted the eventual Oscar winner three times (it should be noted that last year was the first time they had given out awards in a decade):

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2000: Rick Baker, Gail Ryan, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
2003: Richard Taylor, Peter King, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
2013: Robin Mathews, “Dallas Buyers Club” (Oscar shared with Adruitha Lee)

“Grand Budapest” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” are joined in this category by “Foxcatcher.” Let’s take a closer look at their chances of winning:

Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard, “Foxcatcher
Makeup artist Bill Corso won his first Oscar for “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2004) and was nominated for his work on “Click” (2006). For “Foxcatcher,” Corso and first-time nominee Dennis Liddiard transformed the warm and funny Steve Carell into a cold, eerie Jon du Pont. The two are currently ranked in third place with odds of 14/1, and if voters want to reward “Foxcatcher” with something, this could be a good place to do it. They may suffer, however, from the presence of flashier contenders.

Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier, “The Grand Budapest Hotel
The front-runner in this race is also the only Best Picture nominee: “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” for which makeup artist and hairstylist Frances Hannon received her first Oscar nomination. She’s joined by prosthetic makeup designer Mark Coulier, a previous winner for “The Iron Lady” (2011), and together the two turned Tilda Swinton in an 80-year-old woman, as well as provide Ralph Fiennes with a dandy haircut. The two hold first place with odds of 4/11, and with “Budapest” expected to sweep through the tech categories, a win here could easily happen.

Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White, “Guardians of the Galaxy”
The most extravagant makeup amongst this year’s crop is provided by first-time nominees Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The film is filled with eye-popping creature designs of the kind the academy loves to reward, and voters may feel inclined to give this very popular film at least one win. The two are currently ranked in second place with odds of 9/2, yet like every other contender in a craft category this year, may fall victim to the “Grand Budapest” steamroller.

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In case you were wondering, the Best Makeup winner has also won Best Picture a total of four times:

1984: “Amadeus” (Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith)
1989: “Driving Miss Daisy” (Manlio Rocchetti, Lynn Barber, Kevin Haney)
1995: “Braveheart” (Peter Frampton, Paul Pattison, Lois Burwell)
2003: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (Richard Taylor, Peter King)

This stat only really applies to “Grand Budapest,” which will likely win this and several other tech categories as a consolation prize.

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