You know, I wouldn’t usually think of the Makeup and Hairstyling category at the Academy Awards was that much of a big deal, but this weekend that branch of the Academy released its shortlist of finalists and pretty much every entertainment website covered it, so I thought I better, as well.
First, the press release:
he Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 85th Academy Awards®.
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Men in Black 3”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
On Saturday, January 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 shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.
If you look at this list, you’ll probably think, “Oh, three finalists? That’s easy–the period pictures “Les Miserables” and “Lincoln” and the big fantasy one, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” I’d argue for “Looper,” though. I mean, Hollywood has done about a million costume dramas before and there have been a fair amount of elves, dwarfs, and aliens throughout the year. Having to make one actor into a younger version of another actor who’s right there on screen with him is a pretty unusual and tough gig, though, and they did it well. The first time I saw a picture of Joseph Gordon-Levitt with his Bruce Willis face on, I freaked a little bit. What really impressed me is that they didn’t stick prosthetics all over JGL’s face or cover him in makeup, but did just enough to suggest the young Willis, and then let acting do the rest. I thought it was just the right touch. So my vote (which doesn’t count at all) goes to “Looper.”