Oscar luck runs in hot streaks for some
Oscar luck runs in hot streaks for some, in dribbles for others — and not at all for Roger Deakins.
Makeup artist Rick Baker continued his Oscar dominance Sunday night with a seventh Academy Award in 12 tries, while Randy Newman picked up his second Oscar in 20 nominations.
But Deakins, the cinematographer nominated for “True Grit,” has now gone 0-for-nine.
Baker shared the Oscar with Dave Elsey for “The Wolfman,” which topped “Barney’s Version” and “The Way Back.” The 61-year-old thanked “Wolfman” star Benicio Del Toro, who was transformed via clumps of yak hair into the character.
It was the 12th nomination for Baker, who won the award in its inaugural year for “An American Werewolf in London” in 1981. Baker’s also won for “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Ed Wood,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Men in Black” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
It was the first Oscar for Elsey, who was also nommed in 2006 for “Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith.”
Deakins was unable to turn his ninth Oscar nom in the cinematography category into a win. Wally Pfister won the Oscar for “Inception,” also topping “The Black Swan,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Social Network.” It’s the first Oscar for Pfister, who’s been nommed four times.
Pfister was previously nommed for Oscars in three films he shot for Nolan: “Batman Begins,” “The Prestige” and “The Dark Knight.” He won the American Society of Cinematographers Award earlier this month.