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2021 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

UPDATED: Oct. 15, 2020 (PRE-SEASON)

History could be made with Charles Gregory Ross, who passed away earlier this year. He would be the first Black and posthumous nominee in this category ever for “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” He also worked on “Zola,” which is likely to go to later 2021.

 † = 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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Claudette Barius

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

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

  2. "Respect" (United Artists Releasing)
    Nominees to be determined

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

  4. "Coming 2 America" (Paramount Pictures)
    Nominee to be determined

  5. "Mank" (Netflix)†
    Nominees to be determined

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Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Death on the Nile" (20th Century Studios)
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

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

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

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Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios

TOP-TIER AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  1. "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)†
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

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

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

  6. "Tenet" (Warner Bros.)
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

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

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

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Netflix

ALSO IN CONTENTION:

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

  2. "The Little Things" (Paramount Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

  5. "Freaky" (Universal Pictures)
    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. "Antlers" (Searchlight Pictures)
    Nominees to be determined

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

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

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DANIEL SMITH

UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

  • "Ava" (Vertical Entertainment) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Arkansas" (Lionsgate) – Nominees to be determined
  • "The Card Counter" (Focus Features) – Nominees to be determined†
  • "Cinderella" (Sony Pictures) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Emma." (Focus Features) – Marese Langan (makeup/hair)
  • "First Cow" (A24) – Jessica Needham, Jennifer Serio
  • "Free Guy" (20th Century Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Greyhound" (Apple TV Plus) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Hamilton" (Disney 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)
  • "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
  • "The Prom" (Netflix) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Radioactive" (Amazon Studios) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Shirley" (Neon) – Nominees to be determined
  • "Voyagers" (Lionsgate) – Nominees to be determined
  • "The Witches" (HBO Max) – 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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