Monday, March 1, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Makeup

The worst snub of the year is, without a doubt, the omission of District 9 from this race. This was supposed to be the one category were the Best Picture nominee could receive its due, but instead, it'll watch its award be won by a lesser nominee. And the nominees this year sure are lesser.

Il Divo features decent but barely noticeable aging effects makeup to transform Tony Servillo into former Italian PM Guilio Andreotti. The makeup doesn't stand out as much as it did for previous winners The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and La Vie En Rose, and I find it hard to believe that many Academy members have seen the film. A win would be most surprising.

But the undetectability of Il Divo's makeup has got nothing on The Young Victoria, whose nomination seems to be more for hairstyling. I'd keep my eye on Jenny Shircore in this category, since she did manage to pull off a surprising win for Elizabeth in 1999. She even won the BAFTA this year, some how.

But hopefully the Academy will avoid embarrassment by picking Star Trek to win for its array of humanoid creatures and wound effects. It's the most widely-seen and popular of the three. It wouldn't have won in a standard year, but this has been decidedly sub-standard for makeup, and the conspicuous absence of District 9 makes this an easy win for Star Trek

Will/should win: Star Trek

Should have won: District 9

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