'Looper' Makes Oscar Shortlist for Makeup, But 'Cloud Atlas' Does Not
Well, I guess I was wrong. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed their "shortlist" of the seven films that remain in competition in the Make-Up and Hairstyling category for the 85th Academy Awards. Essentially, the seven films that have passed the test and earned a spot amongst possible nominees at the Oscars in February. There were many excellent films with outstanding make-up this year, including at least Anna Karenina and Cloud Atlas. But it looks like the Academy didn't admire the make-up in Cloud Atlas as much as I did, as they've instead chosen seven films including the likes of Men in Black 3.
The "Makeup and Hairstyling" category is always interesting. It usually ends up only being three films with nominations; in 2011 the nominees were Barney's Version, The Way Back and The Wolfman, with the latter horror flick actually nabbing the win. I suppose great make-up is an art that only other make-up artists can truly appreciate. Which is why these seven films have advanced to the next round (in alphabetical order):
Hitchcock (dir. Sacha Gervasi)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (dir. Peter Jackson)
Les Misérables (dir. Tom Hooper)
Lincoln (dir. Steven Spielberg)
Looper (dir. Rian Johnson)
Men in Black 3 (dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)
Snow White and the Huntsman (dir. Rupert Sanders)
Here's how they finally cut these seven down to three nominations: "On Saturday, January 5, all members of the Academy's Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration." We'll find out more when the nominees are announced January 10th, before the full Academy Awards ceremony on February 24th, 2013 next year. I'm very intrigued that Cloud Atlas didn't make the cut. While I can't argue about Lincoln, Les Mis, Looper, The Hobbit or Hitchcock, since they all had superb make-up, I do question Men in Black 3 (though it was Rick Baker) and Snow White especially in lieu of movies like Cloud Atlas or Moonrise Kingdom or Django Unchained or even Hyde Park On Hudson.