Friday, April 23, 2010

One Category at a Time: Best Makeup

After what was a relatively weak year in 2009, 2010 looks like it'll offer more interesting efforts from Hollywood's makeup artists. In fact, we've already seen at least three possible contenders for the bake-off in December.

One of which is The Wolfman. Rick Baker is the reason the Academy has an award for makeup in the first place, prompted by his groundbreaking work on An American Werewolf in London back in 1981. He has since been nominated nine times and won five, even for bad movies, so I wouldn't consider The Wolfman's lack of critical love a huge hindrance. If he makes the bake-off, I'd say this movie's werewolf and gore effects are a solid bet.

In the vein of Cinderella Man, the Academy may be in the mood for some battered-and-bruised boxing makeup in The Fighter, which would be good news for department head Donald Mowat. It's not a far cry, as The Wrestler managed to make a surprise appearance on the bake-off list in 2008, proving that sports wounds and injuries are not always overlooked by the makeup branch.

If I knew of any film that features aging makeup this year, I'd put it down here. Alas, I can not smell any as of yet, so I'll fill the vacancy with The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader to satisfy that token blockbuster spot. Makeup/hair designer Rick Findlater has worked as a makeup artist in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, and may score a nomination for what should be more obvious prosthetic work in the third installment of the Narnia franchise, the first of which won this category in 2006.

Predicted 3:
The Fighter
Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Wolfman

Also consider: Valli O'Reilly & Paul Gooch for Alice in Wonderland, Ivana Primorac for The Last Airbender, Nick Dudman for Harry Potter, Sallie Jay & David White for Prince of Persia, Manlio Rocchetti for Shutter Island, Edouard Henriques for The Way Back.

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