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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

Once the bakeoff is announced in February, we are operating on “most” and “gut checks” on the makeup and hairstyling candidates. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a lot to offer in that arena, especially in the work on Viola Davis and her transformation. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” may begin popping up in various areas while “The Prom” is ready to make a big splash in December.

 † = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


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Viola Davis in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Courtesy of David Lee/Netflix

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "The Prom" (Netflix)
    Nominee to be determined

  3. "Wonder Woman 1984" (HBO Max/Warner Bros)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features)
    Angela Wells (Makeup Department Head), Daniel Curet (Hair Department Head)

  5. "The Mauritanian" (STX Films)
    Nominees to be determined

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Amanda Seyfried in “Mank” (Netflix) Netflix

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Mank" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "Malcolm & Marie" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" (Amazon Studios)
    Thomas Kolarek (Department Head Makeup), Katy Fray (Department Head Makeup), Lisa Layman (Department Head Makeup), Kimberly Boyenger (Department Head Hair), Tyler Ely (Department Head Hair), Peter King (Hair Designer)

  4. "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" (Paramount Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  5. "Mulan" (Walt Disney Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

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HILLBILLY ELEGY: Glenn Close (“Mamaw”). Photo Cr. Lacey Terrell/NETFLIX © 2020 Lacey Terrell/NETFLIX

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (Warner Bros.)
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "News of the World" (Universal Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  5. "Ammonite" (Neon)
    Nominees to be determined

  6. "The Witches" (HBO Max)
    Nominees to be determined

  7. "The Glorias" (Roadside Attractions)
    Nominees to be determined

  8. "The Personal History of David Copperfield" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  9. "The Midnight Sky" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  10. "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

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“Bad Hair” (Hulu) Photo courtesy of Hulu

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

  1. "Judas and the Black Messiah" (Warner Bros.)†
    Nominees to be determined

  2. "One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

  3. "Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  4. "Sound of Metal" (Amazon Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

  5. "Bad Hair" (Neon)
    Nominees to be determined

  6. "The Outpost" (Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment)
    Nominees to be announced

  7. "The Invisible Man" (Universal Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  8. "Nomadland" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

  9. "Pieces of a Woman" (Netflix)
    Nominees to be determined

  10. "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

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Rachel Brosnahan in “I’m Your Woman” (Amazon Studios) Courtesy of AFI Fest

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "An American Pickle" (HBO Max) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Antlers" (Searchlight Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Ava" (Vertical Entertainment) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Arkansas" (Lionsgate) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Charm City Kings" (HBO Max) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Cherry" (Apple TV Plus) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Emma." (Focus Features) – Marese Langan (makeup/hair)
  • "First Cow" (A24) – Jessica Needham, Jennifer Serio
  • "Freaky" (Universal Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Greyhound" (Apple TV Plus) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Herself" (Amazon Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "The Hunt" (Universal Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Kajillionaire" (Focus Features) – Kathleen Karridene (Department Head Makeup Artist), Karen Bartek (Department Head Hair)
  • "Let Them All Talk" (HBO Max) – Nominees to be determined
  • "I'm Your Woman" (Amazon Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Minari" (A24) – Kelly Park, Drea Carreno†
  • "Never Rarely Sometimes Always" (Focus Features) – Rachel Ramos Toledo (makeup), Byrona Smith (hair), Michael Thomas Sombrino (hair)
  • "The New Mutants" (20th Century Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "On the Rocks" (A24/Apple TV Plus) – Evelyne Noraz, April Schuller
  • "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Shirley" (Neon) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Supernova" (Bleecker Street) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Tenet" (Warner Bros.) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Unpregnant" (HBO Max) – Nominees to be determined
  • "The World to Come" (Bleecker Street) – Nominees to be determined

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Rick Baker (“Men in Black”), who is now retired, has the distinction of most nominations with 11 and wins with seven. Greg Cannon (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”) is closest to him in both regards with 10 mentions over his career with four wins. The most decorated woman in this space is Ve Neill (“Mrs. Doubtfire”).

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