Dick Smith, ‘Godfather of Make-Up,’ to Receive Make-Up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award

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Two-time Academy Award winning make-up artist Dick Smith will receive the Make-up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild Awards. The award honors make-up artists whose body of work in the film industry consistently enhances make-up and hair styling artistry.

Dick Smith, known as “the godfather of make-up,” won an Honorary Academy Award in 2012. He also won an Academy Award and a BAFTA award for his work on “Amadeus” (shared with Paul LeBlanc).

“Rarely have there been make-up artists with the legendary inventiveness, creativity and artistic excellence of Dick Smith,” Guild President Sue Cabral-Ebert said in a statement. “Dick’s transparency and willingness to share the secrets of the craft have been the catalyst for young make-up artists all over the world to follow their imaginations and dreams.”

Smith worked on numerous award-winning films, including “Taxi Driver,” “The Godfather,” and “The Godfather Part 2,” and is considered to be TV’s first important make-up artist. He was the make-up director for NBC from 1945 to 1959.

The awards will take place on Feb. 15 at the Paramount Studios lot.

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