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More Big Names – Cuarón, Clooney, McDormand Among Them – Sign Open Letter To Academy In Category Controversy


UPDATED, 10:05 AM Thursday with more names added to open letter: The list of industry names who have signed on to an open letter to the Academy asking it to reverse its decision to change the way some categories are presented at the Oscars is growing. Roma‘s Alfonso Cuarón, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Kerry Washington are among the latest signatories on the letter, which now includes support from Oscar winners including Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and… Read

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IATSE President Matt Loeb Calls Academy’s Oscar Exclusions An “Insult” To Below-The-Line Crafts

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IATSE president Matt Loeb has joined the chorus of complaints about the upcoming Oscar telecast, demanding that the Academy "reverse course" and reinstate cinematographers, editors and makeup artists and hairstylists to the full Oscar program. Last week, the Academy announced that the Oscars for those three categories and live-action shorts would be presented during commercial breaks, though the winners' acceptance speeches will be taped and aired later in the broadcast… Read


How ‘Vice’ Makeup Designer Greg Cannom Turned Christian Bale Into Many Dick Cheneys, Earning The Actor’s Trust

For three-time Oscar winner Greg Cannom—the makeup designer behind DraculaMrs. Doubtfire and Titanic—nothing about Vice was simple. For this radically unconventional film, his first with Adam McKay, he was asked to transform Christian Bale into Dick Cheney, and was honest about the fact that he wasn't sure he could pull it off. During six weeks of makeup trials with Bale, Cannom was put through the ringer, designing not for one Cheney, but many. Ultimately, George W… Read


Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Applies Its Awards Nominations

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The touchups and blowouts are complete: Nominations are out for the sixth annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. IATSE Local 706 will hand out its hardware February 16 during its ceremony at Novo in Los Angeles. Check out the full list below. Among the awards-season glitterati scoring noms from the guild today are Black Panther, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Vice and BlackKklansman. The 21 categories also cover television… Read


‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Hair & Makeup Designer Talks Transforming Margot Robbie Into Queen Elizabeth I

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Like costume designer Alexandra Byrne—her friend and frequent collaborator—Jenny Shircore was daunted by Mary Queen of Scots, trying to find a new angle on Queen Elizabeth I after covering her era twice before. Winning her first Oscar with Elizabeth in 1999, the hair and makeup designer is an expert in period work, whose attraction to the project came down to everything that made it fresh. "The script was very, very different, and I was encouraged by the script," she… Read


With Little Money & Even Less Time, ‘Border’ Makeup Designers Transform European Talents Into Trolls

Called upon to design makeup for Ali Abbasi's Border—a singularly dark and clever fantasy, which won Cannes' Un Certain Regard prize and has been selected as Sweden's entry for Best Foreign Language Film—Göran Lundström would do some of the most transformative work he'd ever done, turning two European talents into trolls. Demonstrating the highest degree of artistic commitment, Eva Melander put on weight and lost herself inside of many prosthetic pieces to become Tina, a… Read


For ‘Suspiria’, Makeup Designer Mark Coulier Transformed Tilda Swinton Into A Hideous Witch And An Old German Man

Approached for Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria—an homage to Dario Argento's giallo classic—makeup designer Mark Coulier was put to one specific test. Could he transform Tilda Swinton, one of the industry's most notable shapeshifters, into a man? A prosthetics wizard, Coulier had, over the years, taken on the vast, fantastical worlds of Harry Potter, The Mummy Returns and Fantastic Beasts. He'd turned Robert De Niro into Frankenstein's monster, and Meryl Streep into Margaret… Read


‘The Favourite’ Hair & Makeup Designer Nadia Stacey Filled A Trailer Top To Bottom With 18th Century Wigs

When makeup and hair designer Nadia Stacey met with Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos about The Favourite—a black comedy of the 18thcentury, centered on Queen Anne and two rivals for her affections—she came prepared with ample historical research and her usual bag of tricks, and would have to throw much of it out. "There’s a very specific hairstyle just for that little pocket of time. I started to talk to him about it and he said, 'I don’t care about that,'" Stacey recalls… Read


‘GLOW’ Hair And Makeup Designers Discuss Crafting “Homemade” Looks For The Wrestling Ring

An iconic women’s wrestling series of the ’80s, GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is remembered for its big, frizzy hair, glittery eye makeup and a charmingly scrappy aesthetic—the colorful visual choices it made with its characters. Bringing the Ladies into the comedy arena with Netflix’s GLOW, series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch were always going to bump up against the legacy of the original series, with the need for hair and makeup that would do it… Read


How ‘Wonder’ Makeup Designer Conquered The Unprecedented, Devising Full Prosthetics For A Child Actor

Faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges on Stephen Chbosky's Wonder, what makeup designer Arjen Tuiten was able to pull off was as wondrous as the story he was working to tell, landing him his first Oscar nomination last month. An adaptation of R.J. Palacio's beloved children's novel, Wonder centers on Auggie, a young boy growing up with a genetic disorder called Treacher Collins syndrome, which results in deformities of the facial features. Going on to become an… Read


Makeup Maestro Kazuhiro Tsuji On Gary Oldman’s ‘Darkest Hour’ Transformation & ‘Shape Of Water’ Creature Eyes

In Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman puts in one of his remarkable transformations yet, living so confidently behind his pounds of prosthetics that you forget he’s wearing any at all. While Churchill would be a challenging and rewarding role for the British actor, he wasn’t necessarily the role the actor was born to play—after all, Oldman bore little resemblance to the former Prime Minister, and had turned down the role once before. But it was this lack of… Read