In a bit of a change of pace from the usual winners-announced-in-advance, gold-watch “lifetime achievement” baubles you get this time of year, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild will pit a number of established artists against each other, with the winners to be honored at its annual awards gala.
Announced today, nominees in the make-up category are: Bernadine Anderson (a longtime key artist for Jane Fonda who also worked with Eddie Murphy on films like “Coming to America” and “Vampire in Brooklyn”); Leonard Engelman (a key artist for actors like Cher and Val Kilmer in his time who also worked on films like “The Accidental Tourist” and How the Grinch Stole Christmas”); Ve Neill (a three-time Oscar winner and eight-time nominee for films like “Beetlejuice,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Ed Wood”); Maurice Stein (a 50-year vet of films such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Friday the 13th”); and Michael Westmore (a four-time Oscar nominee and a winner for “Mask”).
Nominees in the hair styling category are: Judy Crown (an Emmy winner for “Designing Women” and 1998’s “Houdini”); Renate Leuschner (a two-time Emmy nominee who has also worked on films from the “X-Men” franchise and “The Amazing Spider-Man”); Martin Samuel (Oscar-nominated for work on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and Sacha Gervasi’s “Hitchcock”); Robert Louis Stevenson (not to be confused with the celebrated author, rather a 40-year vet and longtime collaborator with Samuel L. Jackson, as well as an Emmy winner for “The Jesse Owens Story” in 1984); and Yolanda Toussieng (Oscar-winner for “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Ed Wood”).
And this is as good a reason as any to mention a few top contenders for the Academy’s makeup and hairstyling award this season. “The Danish Girl” will surely be a contender, as well as fellow period pieces “The Revenant” and “Crimson Peak.” The transformative work of “Black Mass” will likely lead the conversation, while fantasy contenders from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to “Pan” to “Cinderella” could contend. Personally, I just hope the branch recognizes and embraces the brilliance of the work done on “Mad Max: Fury Road,” but that could be said of that film in a number of categories this year. More on all of that when we break down the category in due time.
The Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild will announce nominees in all categories on Jan. 13. Winners will be unveiled at the awards gala on Feb. 20.