Saturday, 28 January 2012

Incoherent Oscar: Makeup

I plan on assessing each film category of the Academy Award nominations until February the 26th. So, no, you haven’t gotten rid of the prognostics yet.
THE NOMINEES: Albert Nobbs; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2; The Iron Lady
Is this the only category where there really is a fair chance of any one of the nominees winning? I wonder, it’s a curious category on its own because the winners are almost never that obvious. Often because other than the random The Curious Case of Benjamin Button or The Lord of the Rings it’s the less “prestigious” films which make it here.
So, what can we tell from their usual tastes? Contrary to popular belief, aging in a film doesn’t necessitate recognition from the Academy’s makeup branch, and they’re not particularly liable to recognise work simply because it’s obtrusive (consider the nominations for The Young Victoria, wins for Frida and How the Grinch Stole Christmas). I think that’s the reason predicting them is always such of a head scratcher. One is never certain what they’ll go for.

Albert Nobbs: Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston andMatthew W. Mungle

Of the eight persons nominated, one has been nominated before – Matthew W. Mungle. He’s won for Bram Stoker’s Dracula nominated for Schindler’s List, Ghosts of Mississippi. He’s nominated along with the team from Albert Nobbs and it’s the film I immediately want to consider as the most likely winner. Glenn’s work is the one getting most recognition, but the work here doesn’t focus on a specific character and though the general blogging populace seems split on whether the work is convincing for making Glenn “manly”, it’s a foreseeable winner. Particularly because the work done isn’t for Glenn specifically, the period necessitates makeup work on the entire cast.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2:  (Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin)
The same goes for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. it’s the first nomination for the film, and despite its supernatural roots the work is not as pronounced as you’d anticipate. Despite the questionable work done on the main trio in the epilogue, there’s some significant makeup work done in the main story – from the obvious done on Voldermort and Griphook to the more subtle bits on Dumbledore and Bellatrix. If there’s any category where the series can actually be lucky at winning a prize it would be here (despite nominations over the years no Harry Potter film has won an Oscar).

The Iron Lady:  Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Then, there’s The Iron Lady…the work done on Streep has retained significant praise (although I wonder if some of the effusive praise is just at the fact that it’s not as terrible as the work in J. Edgar, another film hinging on an aging protagonist). The work on The Iron Lady feels rather character specific, which mires its chances, although the argument could be made that the work done in La Vie en Rose was rather character-specific too –and, that, won an Oscar.

Projected Winner: Albert Nobbs
Alternate: The Iron Lady
Does Albert Nobbs walk away with it? Does The Iron Lady win a statue for the work on Meryl? Does Potter get some farewell love? Thoughts?


Alex in Movieland said...

Come on, Albert Nobbs is not winning this. :)

it's Iron Lady, for sure.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

alex is it really? why do you think? i make my predictions in a glass house, i have no real idea what's actually going on.