Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock

Seven Films Compete for Hair and Makeup Oscars, but no Anna Karenina?

Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock

The Hairstyling and Makeup Oscars are always a little puzzling to me. There’s always a few movies that end up in this category that don’t really seem to fit. I mean, I’m sure there’s a lot more that goes into hair and makeup than we can ever imagine, and some movies that seem like there’s almost no hairstyling and makeup might indeed have a lot.

There are still seven films in the running for best hairstyling and makeup, and they are:

  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Looper
  • Men in Black 3
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Ok, some of these are a no-brainer. In Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins looks EXACTLY like the macabre filmmaker. Although … does a fat suit count as makeup? I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing there was a fat suit involved. On the other hand, probably plenty of makeup and hair tricks, too.

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Same with Lincoln. Ok, no fat suit here, but Daniel Day-Lewis surely channeled the 16th President in more ways than one — and with plenty of help from the hair and makeup department.

The Hobbit is another no-brainer. Every single character has amazing hair and makeup, and Radagast has a bird’s nest in his hair, for goodness sake. That’s the kind of hairstyling that deserves an Oscar, in my mind.

Les Miz and Snow White are great costume dramas, so of course they belong in this category. Though no Anna Karenina? She’s been shunned at every turn this awards season.

On the other hand, I look at Men in Black 3 and Looper, and the characters look much the same as they do in real life. I guess the time-travel element in both of these films accounts for something, but seriously? Anna Karenina seems like a better candidate for this category.

We’ll know soon enough which film takes home that statue. On Jan. 5, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven films, then vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The Oscar nominations will be announced live on Thurs., Jan. 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars will be presented Sun., Feb. 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on ABC.


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