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LAST UPDATED: Jan. 19, 2023

2023 Oscars Predictions: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Category commentary: There are 10 movies still in the running and any can miss. This category has traditionally never worked out in a “traditional” manner (i.e. “American Hustle” missing).

Going with “Blonde” to match Ana de Armas’ nomination for best actress and a surprise snub for “The Whale” because there are two “fat suits” in the running.

NOTE: All credited nominees are ultimately determined by the Academy.

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And The Predicted Nominees Are:
RankFilmMakeup and Hair Stylist(s)Distributor
1“The Batman”Naomi Donne (makeup designer), Mike Marino (prosthetics design), Zoe Tahir (hair designer)Warner Bros.
When a sadistic serial killer begins murdering key political figures in Gotham, Batman is forced to investigate the city’s hidden corruption and question his family’s involvement.
2“Elvis”Shane Thomas (hair and makeup designer), Mark Coulier (prosthetics designer), Jason Baird (prosthetics supervisor for Tom Hanks and Austin Butler), Louise Coulston (key hairdresser)Warner Bros.
The life of American music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
3“Blonde”Tina Roesler Kerwin (makeup department head), Jaime Leigh McIntosh (hair department head)Netflix
A fictionalized chronicle of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe.
4“All Quiet on the Western Front”Heike Merker (hair and makeup designer, SFX design)Netflix
A young German soldier’s terrifying experiences and distress on the western front during World War I.
5“Amsterdam”Nana Fischer (makeup department head), Lori McCoy Bell (hair department head), Adruitha Lee (hair department head)20th Century Studios
In the 1930s, three friends witness a murder, are framed for it, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.
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6“The Whale”Adrien Morot (prosthetic makeup designer), Judy Chin (makeup department head), Anne Marie Bradley (hair department head)A24
A reclusive English teacher living with severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.
7“Crimes of the Future”Alexandra Anger (head of department, prosthetics co-designer), Evi Zafiropoulou (makeup designer)Neon
Humans adapt to a synthetic environment, with new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice, Saul Tenser, celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances.
8“Babylon”Heba Thorisdottir (makeup department head), Jaime Leigh McIntosh (hair department head)Paramount Pictures
A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.
9“Emancipation”Ken Diaz (makeup department head), Andrea Bowman (hair department head)Apple Original Films
A runaway slave forges through the swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey to escape plantation owners that nearly killed him.
10“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”Joel Harlow (makeup department head)Marvel Studios
The nation of Wakanda is pitted against intervening world powers as they mourn the loss of their king T’Challa.
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2023 Academy Awards Predictions

BEST PICTURE | DIRECTOR | ACTOR | ACTRESS | SUPPORTING ACTOR | SUPPORTING ACTRESS | ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY | ADAPTED SCREENPLAY | ANIMATED FEATURE | PRODUCTION DESIGN | CINEMATOGRAPHY | COSTUME DESIGN | FILM EDITING | MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING | SOUND | VISUAL EFFECTS | ORIGINAL SCORE | ORIGINAL SONG | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | INTERNATIONAL FEATURE | ANIMATED SHORT | DOCUMENTARY SHORT | LIVE ACTION SHORT

The 95th Oscars ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre and televised live on ABC on Sunday, March 12, 2023.

2022 category winner: “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight Pictures) – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

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