Oscars: ‘Bad Grandpa’ Goes Where ‘Butler’ Can’t

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It’s true: The Academy likes movies about old people — just not the ones you might have been expecting.

While films like “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” were surprisingly shut out of this year’s Oscar nominees, the Johnny Knoxville comedy “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” received a nod, albeit for Stephen Prouty’s makeup effects.

This isn’t much of a surprise. Given its subject matter, the hair and makeup category has routinely brought in non-traditional nominees. Past winners in this category have included the 1996 “Nutty Professor” (awarded to Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson) and 2010’s “The Wolfman” (awarded to Rick Baker and Dave Elsey). Of course, this hasn’t stopped the Internet from taking aim, even if Knoxville himself is overjoyed.

“What an honor that Stephen Prouty got nominated for best makeup and hairstyling for ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,'” he said in a statement. “Am I as stunned as everyone else we didn’t get the nod for best picture? Well of course, duh, but I won’t let that take away from my happiness for Steve, Tony Gardner, and our whole makeup team. Wahoo!”

Although some have argued that, if nothing else, “The Butler” deserved a makeup nod, the others nominated for hair and makeup this year are Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny for “The Lone Ranger.” See the full list of Oscar nominees.

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  1. Jon Raymond says:

    It’s true. Unlike the Butler, Bad Grandpa is about white old farts.

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