FINAL Oscar Predictions : Makeup & Hairstyling

ReferenceBFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association) – MUAH (Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild)

  • 1 – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix) – BAFTABFCAMUAH (x2) Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson
  • 2 – Hillbilly Elegy (Netflix) – BAFTA, BFCA, MUAH (x3) Matthew Mungle, Eryn Krueger Mekash and Patricia Dehaney
  • 3 – Pinocchio (Roadside Attractions) – BAFTA, MUAH Mark Coulier, Dalia Colli and Francesco Pegoretti
  • 4 – Mank (Netflix) – BAFTA, BFCA, MUAH Gigi Williams, Kimberley Spiteri and Colleen LaBaff
  • 5 – Emma.(Focus Features) – BFCA Marese Langan, Laura Allen and Claudia Stolze

*Winners in bold.

For so long I thought ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ was the winner. It fits in well with the previous winners of the past few years (‘Bombshell’, ‘Vice’, ‘Darkest Hour’) in terms of they’re not so interested in the use of makeup, rather the prosthetics, and boy does ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ fit this criteria. ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ is more of a makeup up movie which I thought not just the Oscars, but other precursors would reject for something with more prosthetics, but it turns out it’s done the opposite and everywhere has embraced it. With a win at every possible precursor, I have no choice but to predict ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ as I have no other reason to predict anything else.

The surprises could be ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ as it’s the prosthetics film of the category and it has prosthetic legend Matthew Mungle as the designer, so that can’t be a bad thing for its chances. Eryn Krueger Mekash is also a well respected TV makeup artist and producer and Patricia Dehaney won for ‘Vice’ just two years ago, so it’s not like they’re idle to these people, then again names aren’t on ballots so I’m not sure if this means much.

My personal pick would be ‘Pinocchio’ as they made a little boy look like a boy made of wood and if that isn’t the power of makeup, then I don’t know what is. It could happen as it’s very showy makeup, but it’s doubtful at this stage.

Surprised to see ‘Emma.’ nominated keeping in mind even BAFTA snubbed it! A British film, but I guess this shows maybe the Oscars are beginning to take hairstyling more seriously.

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