Academy Awards Predictions 2017 – Best Makeup & Hairstyling

All right, Best Makeup & Hairstyling. It’s only three movies, you can’t screw up. Come on, Alex! It’s just haircuts! You can judge haircuts!

Ahem, sorry. I didn’t realize you had…clicked through already.

The Academy Award for Best Makeup & Hairstyling is…ah man now I’ve lost my train of thought. Let’s see…there’s that Swedish movie. I think there’s some old-age makeup in that one. The guy wears a hat most of the movie…does he even have hair? Star Trek is aliens…now is that makeup or CGI? Chris Pine has nice hair…Suicide Squad…they’re all painted white like clowns…her hair’s kind of rainbow…


Best Makeup & Hairstyling:

Will Win: Star Trek Beyond

Could Win: A Man Called Ove

I Doubt It: Suicide Squad


The phrase: “Oscar-winning film Suicide Squad” seems impossible. Almost as impossible as “Oscar-nominated film Suicide Squad.” That said, the makeup and hair on Harley Quinn make for a decent depiction of the character, in my opinion. It is an externalization of the broken psyche on the internal. It works. But the film as a whole feels less Oscar-worthy, so I don’t think the Academy as a whole will vote for it.

What I mean by “Academy as a whole” is that the various branches of the Academy vote on their respective categories for nominations, but the entire Academy votes on the winners once the nominees are selected. So the makeup and hairstyling branch recognized the specific talents found in Suicide Squad, but the entire Academy are more likely to view it merely as a mediocre action film that doesn’t deserve their statue.

What is left is A Man Called Ove, a film with not particularly recognizable categorical work. There is some old age makeup on a character that looks quite good, but otherwise I’m not sure exactly why the film made the cut. Perhaps I am forgetting something very specific about the makeup work, in which case feel free to correct me in the comments.

What is left is Star Trek Beyond, which features standard but solid sci-fi makeup work. I think this film will likely win this category.

The real question is why does this category not do five films?


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—Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)


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