Sunday, 1 July 2012

Summery Oscar News and Incoherent Oscar (and Flashbacks): Best Makeup

Perhaps indicative of how humdrum my last week was, but one of the best bits of news I heard was the necessary change made to the Make-up Category for the Academy Award. After decades of erroneously presented awards, the category will now be known as the “Makeup and Hairstyling” award. The portion of the press release (June 28th) dealing with the issues reads:

“The award given in the Makeup category will now be known as the Makeup and Hairstyling Award. Additionally, during the nominations process, all branch members who have seen the seven shortlisted titles will receive ballots to list their top three choices.”

In one respect, I’ve always have much more appreciation for the BAFTA’s and their technical awards, largely in part for their recognition of hairstylists in addition to general makeup work. It’s always seemed odd that hair (which plays such a specific role in films, period or not) isn’t recognised by the Academy. If this decision had been incorporated say, ten years, ago imagine how the makeup roster might have been different.

Winner: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Nominees: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the Universe; Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Purl

Would-be Hair Contenders: Cold Mountain

Winner: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Nominees: The Passion of the Christ; The Sea Inside

Would-be Hair Contenders: The Aviator, this I suspect would have been a legitimate if hair was considered along with the makeup work back in 04.

Winner: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Nominees: Cinderella Man; Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Would-be Hair Contenders: Pride and Prejudice, might be pushing it – but it’s worthy of a mention just for Judi’s wig.

Winner: Pan’s Labyrinth
Nominees: Apocalypto; Click

Would-be Hair Contenders: Marie Antoinette, of course – although how it didn’t get a nominate, hair or not still befuddles me

Winner: La Vie en Rose
Nominees: Norbit; Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Would-be Hair Contenders: Hairspray, obviously – worthy of citation for Zac Efron’s do

Winner: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Nominees: The Dark Knight; Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Would-be Hair Contenders: The Duchess, essentially a film about outrageous clothes and hair. No disrespect meant to the actual nominees, but even under the old system I found the exclusion of this from the nomination list a bit odd.

Winner: Star Trek
Nominees: Il Divo; The Young Victoria

Would-be Hair Contenders: No significant use of hair emerges, although I’ll take this moment to promote the great makeup work done on The Road

Winner: The Wolfman
Nominees: Barney’s Version; The Way Back

Would-be Hair Contenders: The Fighter, a veritable longshot of course – but we all saw the great wigs in this movie, right?

Winner: The Iron Lady
Nominees: Albert Nobbs; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Would-be Hair Contenders: Any chance that with the hair under scrutiny, too, Hugo would have made it into the top 3 instead of just being a potential contender on the shortlist?

And, the question goes further – now that the category has been renamed Makeup and Hairstyling, does that necessarily mean that good hairstyling without effusive use of makeup will be remembered. It’s questions like that I’m taking into consideration when compiling my list of contenders for the 2012 Oscars. For example, the first film I want to cite is Anna Karenina, but only because I know the sure to be excellent hairstyling forthcoming would show up my personal ballot, but does that necessarily mean AMPAS will bite?

Official Makeup and Hairstyling predictions for 2012 after the jump....

My Predictions (alpha): Great Expectations; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Lincoln

So…Great Expectations. How unwise a pick is this? I suspect very, but consider it my no guts, no glory choice. The thing is, I suspect a film with ostentatious hair to the make the cut, but only if it features corroborating makeup work. Les Miserables, below, seems like a likely pick (work on Fantine, Jean Val Jean, I presume Eponine, too) but a makeup field of Picture contenders seems fanciful. Conversely, Great Expectations has a number of hurdles to overcome if it hopes to be remembered, still – if done right, why wouldn’t the great work, I suspect, to be done in Miss Havisham earn some love?

Then Again, Perhaps: Anna Karenina; The Dark Knight Rises; Dark Shadows; Les Miserables; Looper

The makeup category, like many of the technical and artistic categories, don’t often respond to films based on their critical success but on the technical work within which makes me think that even as potential critical smashes like The Dark Knight Rises and Django Unchained feature makeup work, something like Dark Shadows could still be a legitimate contender.

More Possibilities: Django Unchainced; The Great Gatsby; Men in Black 3; Mirror Mirror; Prometheus

Do you expect the addition of hairstyling to the official category name might see some surprises turning up for Makeup (and Hairstyling)? How do you think the new rules might have affected nominees in the past?


Squasher88 said...

I think you should at least watch some trailers if you are making Oscar predictions, sir. Alas, I know you won't budge.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

shane ha, i shall not. i don't see any legitimate way watching trailers would improve my oscar predictions, though

Paolo said...

Best Hair feels like a high school yearbook award but it does feel necessary. I am Love for 2010!