Saturday’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards mark the third year back of this kudofest after a nine-year hiatus. In 2013, “Behind the Candelabra” won Best Movie/Mini Hairstyling and Makeup as it had at the Emmys. However, the guild’s five other TV categories went to programs that either had lost the equivalent races at the previous Emmys or would not win at the following ones. Given the membership overlap between the guild and the Emmys, the discrepancies were likely the result of different voting systems. Like other guilds, this one polled its entire membership to determine winners; the Emmys assembled a different small panel for each category.
The Emmys dropped the panel process last year and opened up voting to the entire makeup and hair branch, so the correlation in winners doubled to four (“Downton Abbey” for series hairstyling and “American Horror Story” for movie/mini hairstyling, makeup and prosthetics). The Emmys may well have rubberstamped a fifth guild win (“Downton Abbey” for makeup), but the makeup artists on that Brit hit have never submitted at the Emmys
Not repeating themselves has been a hallmark of the guild in its short recent history. With the exception of “The Walking Dead” for Best Special Makeup Effects (equivalent to Best Prosthetic Makeup at the Emmys), none of last year’s winners had prevailed at the previous ceremony.
That trend looks good to continue. Two-time champ “Downton Abbey” was shut out. “Sons of Anarchy” won Best Series Contemporary Makeup for its final season last year. Best Movie/Mini Contemporary Hairstyling winner “Sherlock” took a year off. And Best Movie/Mini Contemporary Makeup winner “Fargo” is now competing as a period piece.
“American Horror Story” will be a good litmus test, as it is nominated in all three Movie/Mini categories, which it swept last year and at the Emmys in between. “American Horror Story” is the only TV program with three nominations this year. And its trailer is nominated in the two Commercial categories.
Another potential repeat is “Dancing With the Stars” for Best Series Contemporary Hairstyling. “The Voice” won that guild award in 2013 and is nominated for the third time this year. “Vikings” is back in the Best Series Period/Character Hairstyling race after being snubbed last year despite having won in 2013.
Without “Downton Abbey” in contention for Best Series Period/Character Makeup, the field is open for “Game of Thrones” and “Saturday Night Live”, which split the Best Series Makeup awards at the Emmys (Single-Camera versus Multi-Camera). However, neither is a favorite of this guild. Each has contended in this category only once before (2013 and 2002); both broke into a second category this year. Maybe Key & Peele” wins on its third consecutive nomination in the category; it also has three consecutive nominations but no wins for Best Series Period/Character Hairstyling.
One race without suspense is Best Movie/Mini Contemporary Hairstyling. Instead of five nominees like most categories, it has just one this year: “Whitney.”
Best Series Contemporary Makeup
“Dancing with the Stars” (Zena Shteysel, Angela Moos, Patti Bortoli)
“Empire” (Beverly Jo Pryor, Ashunta Sheriff)
“House of Cards” (Tricia Sawyer, Vasilios Tanis)
“Transparent” (Emma Johnston Burton, Molly Tissavary, Ela Barczewska)
“The Walking Dead” (Essie Cha, Tracy Salazar)
Best Series Contemporary Hairstyling
“Dancing with the Stars” (Mary Guerrero, Kimi Messina, Jennifer Guerrero)
“Empire” (Melissa Forney, Telona Wilson)
“House of Cards” (Sean Flanigan, Michael Ward)
“Transparent” (Marie Larkin, Jean Webber, Bryn Leetch)
“The Voice” (Shawn Finch, Jerilynn Stephens, Renee Di Pinto Ferruggia)
Best Series Period/Character Makeup
“Game of Thrones” (Jane Walker)
“Key & Peele” (Scott Wheeler, Suzy Diaz, Michael Blake)
“Masters of Sex” (Lana Horochowski, Maurine Burke)
“Penny Dreadful” (Enzo Mastrantonio, Clare Lambe)
“Saturday Night Live” (Louie Zakarian, Jason Milani, Amy Tagliamonti)
Best Series Period/Character Hairstyling
“Agent Carter” (Peter Tothpal, Terry Baliel)
“Game of Thrones” (Kevin Alexander, Candice Banks)
“Key & Peele” (Amanda Mofield, Raissa Patton)
“Masters of Sex” (Mary Ann Valdes, Matthew Holman, George Guzman)
“Vikings” (Dee Corcoran)
Best Series Special Makeup Effects
“The Knick” (Justin Raleigh, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Kelly Golden)
“Penny Dreadful” (Nick Dudman, Sarita Allison)
“Saturday Night Live” (Louie Zakarian, Jason Milani)
“Vikings” (Tom McInerny)
“The Walking Dead” (Greg Nicotero, Garrett Immel)
Best Movie/Mini Contemporary Hairstyling
“Whitney” (Emanuel Millar, Rhonda O’Neal)
Best Movie/Mini Period/Character Makeup
“American Horror Story” (Eryn Krueger Mekash, Kim Ayers, Sarah Tanno)
“Bessie” (Debi Young, Sian Richards, Mi Young)
“Fargo” (Gail Kennedy, Joanne Preece, Gunther Schetterer)
“The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” (Jordan Samuel, Patricia Keighran)
“True Detective” (Felicity Bowring, Jay Wejebe, Kathleen Freeman)
Best Movie/Mini Period/Character Hairstyling
“American Horror Story” (Monte C. Haught, Darlene Brumfield, Frederic Asperas)
“#Astronaut Wives Club#” (Candace Neal, David Blair, Albert Brown)
“Bessie” (Lawrence Davis, Monty Schuth)
“Grace of Monaco” (Agathe Dupuis, Silvine Picard)
“The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” (Cliona Furey, Cathy Shibley)
Best Movie/Mini Special Makeup Effects
“American Horror Story” (Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Anderson)
“Fargo” (Gail Kennedy, Dave Trainor, Tea-Christina Scott)
“Killing Jesus” (Clare Ramsey, Jo Grover)
“Sons of Liberty” (Davina Lamont, Simon Rose)
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