Adam McKay’s “Vice” could well follow in the Oscar footsteps of Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour.” Both biopics portray portly, balding man with supreme power and authority – Dick Cheney and Winston Churchill, respectively. Each showcases a transformative performance by a respected actor.
In “Darkest Hour,” Gary Oldman embodied the British statesman. He won Best Actor pretty much everywhere, including at the Academy Awards. In “Vice,” his “Dark Knight” co-star Christian Bale is the essence of the American vice president: a scarier figure altogether, like a looming great white shark. Unlike Oldman, Bale didn’t start off the awards season as the favorite in the Oscar race. However, his wins at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards have turned him into the Best Actor frontrunner.
Both actors credit their respective hair and make-up teams for transforming them into their characters. The legendary Kazuhiro Tsuji, who Oldman coaxed out of retirement to do “Darkest Hour”, won an Oscar (alongside David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick) for his efforts.
The “Vice” crew just won Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Critics’ Choice Awards, which “Darkest Hour” also won. And it is up for that same award at the BAFTAs, where “Darkest Hour” likewise prevailed.
“Vice” reaped two bids at the Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards: period/character makeup as and special makeup effects (“Darkest Hour” won both those races last year.) Kate Biscoe, Ann Pala Williams and Jamie Kelman contend for the character makeup while Greg Cannom, and Christopher Gallaher are up for their effect makeup.
The closest Oscar rival in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling race, “Black Panther,” is up for just special makeup effects. Our third-place Oscar contender “Mary Queen of Scots” vies for both period/character makeup and hairstyling.
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