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Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Can ‘Billie Holiday’ Survive the Initial Reactions?

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UPDATED: Jan. 14, 2021


The makeup and hairstyling branch loves what’s familiar and former nominees and winners tend to find their way into the mix. “Bill & Ted Face the Music” has the magic of Bill Corso, who won for 2004’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” before gathering two additional nominations for “Click” and “Foxcatcher.” A bakeoff spot could be very likely. His special effects artist partner Kevin Yagher hasn’t found Academy love yet but 1999’s “Sleepy Hollow” is an egregious snub that should be course-corrected more than two decades later. Other possibilities include “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” which could represent the musical films while “Promising Young Woman” could step into this space with an overall love for the film.

NOTE: Not all the listed crafts teams are definitive and per the Academy rules, up to three people can be nominated and win this award despite studios submitting more than three.

(Awards Circuit Winners Chart (2020-2021)


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)†††

Matiki Anoff (makeup department head), Mia Neal (hair department head), Larry M. Cherry (hair department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe

SYNOPSIS: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play.

STARRING: Chadwick Boseman, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Glynn Turman

Bill & Ted Face the Music” (United Artists Releasing)†††

Bill Corso (makeup department head), Kevin Yagher (special makeup effects artist)


Corso – 3 nominations, 1 win (2004’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”)

Yagher – Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Florian Zeller
SYNOPSIS: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

STARRING: Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Anthony Hopkins, Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams

The Prom” (Netflix)†††

Eryn Krueger Mekash (makeup department head), Chris Clark (hair department head), J. Roy Helland (hair stylist: Ms. Streep / makeup artist: Ms. Streep)


Krueger – Never nominated

Clark – Never nominated

Helland – 1 nomination, 1 win (2011’s “The Iron Lady”)

DIRECTOR: Ryan Murphy

SYNOPSIS: A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.

STARRING: Meryl Streep, Jo Ellen Pellman, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells. Tracey Ullman

Hillbilly Elegy” (Netflix)

Eryn Krueger Mekash (makeup department head), Patricia Dehaney (hair department head), Matthew Mungle (prosthetic designer)


Mekash – Never nominated

Dehaney – 1 nomination, 1 win (2018’s “Vice”)

Mungle – 4 nominations, 1 win (1992’s “Dracula”)

DIRECTOR: Ron Howard

SYNOPSIS: An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.

STARRING: Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins, Owen Asztalos

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Hulu)†††

Ronald J. Wolfe (hair department head), Charles Gregory Ross (hair stylist: Ms. Day, wig designer, hair department head) Laini Thompson (makeup department head),

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Lee Daniels
SYNOPSIS: Follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.

STARRING: Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes, Natasha Lyonne, Garrett Hedlund, Rob Morgan, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Tyler James Williams


“The Little Things” (HBO Max/Warner Bros.)

Donald Mowat (makeup department head), Michael White (hair department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock

SYNOPSIS: Two cops track down a serial killer.

STARRING: Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, Rami Malek

Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)

Angela Wells (makeup department head), Daniel Curet (hair department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Emerald Fennell
SYNOPSIS: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.

STARRING: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Molly Shannon, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Connie Britton, Chris Lowell, Adam Brody, Sam Richardson

Mank” (Netflix)†††

Kimberley Spiteri (hair department head), Gigi Williams (makeup department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: David Fincher

SYNOPSIS: 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.

STARRING: Tom Burke, Lily Collins, Joseph Cross, Charles Dance, Monika Gossman, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Leonard Moore, Gary Oldman, Tom Pelphrey, Amanda Seyfried, Sam Troughton

Wonder Woman 1984” (HBO MaxWarner Bros.)

Jan Sewell (makeup and hair designer), Sarah Brock (makeup artist to Gal Gadot)


Sewell – Never nominated)

Brock – Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Patty Jenkins
SYNOPSIS: Rewind to the 1980s as Wonder Woman’s next big screen adventure finds her facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and The Cheetah.

STARRING: Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)†††

Katy Fray (makeup department head), Lisa Layman (makeup department head), Tyler Ely (hair department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Jason Woliner

SYNOPSIS: A satire on Trump’s America that follows a Kazakh journalist who’s sent to America to deliver a gift from his government to Vice President Mike Pence. Along the way, his worldview is turned upside down and steadfast beliefs are challenged by his teenage daughter.

STARRING: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova


I’m Thinking of Ending Things” (Netflix)

Anouck Sullivan (makeup department head), Sarah Hindsgaul (hair department head), Adam Bailey (special effects makeup designer)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Charlie Kaufman
SYNOPSIS: Full of misgivings, a young woman travels with her new boyfriend to his parents’ secluded farm. Upon arriving, she comes to question everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.

STARRING: Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, David Thewlis, Toni Collette

The Invisible Man” (Universal Pictures)

Angela Conte (makeup and hair designer), Anna Gray (key makeup and hair), Simon Joseph (key makeup and hair artist)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Leigh Whannell

SYNOPSIS: When Cecilia’s abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

STARRING: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid, Michael Dorman

The Midnight Sky” (Netflix)

Jan Sewell (hair and makeup designer), Natasha Nikolic-Dunlop (hair stylist and makeup artist)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: George Clooney

SYNOPSIS: This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine, a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe.

STARRING: George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, Tiffany Boone, Caoilinn Springall

The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)

Louise McCarthy (makeup department head) Nathan Busch (hair department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Aaron Sorkin
SYNOPSIS: The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

STARRING: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong

Ammonite” (Neon)

Ivana Primorac (hair and makeup designer), Charlotte Rogers (key hair and makeup artist)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Francis Lee
SYNOPSIS: With her famed discoveries behind her, archeologist Mary Anning’s days are filled with searching for common fossils until a wealthy visitor entrusts Mary with the care of his wife. Though Mary initially clashes with her guest, a bond begins to develop, compelling the two women to determine the true nature of their friendship.

STARRING: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Fiona Shaw, James McArdle, Gemma Jones, Alec Secareanu

Minari” (A24)

Moung Hui Park (makeup department head), Drea Carreno (hair department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Lee Isaac Chung
SYNOPSIS: A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.

STARRING:Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-jung Youn, Will Patton

News of the World” (Universal Pictures)

Jean Black (key makeup artist), Kelvin Trahan (key hair stylist)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Paul Greengrass

SYNOPSIS: A Civil War veteran agrees to deliver a girl, taken by the Kiowa people years ago, to her aunt and uncle, against her will. They travel hundreds of miles and face grave dangers as they search for a place that either can call home.

STARRING: Tom Hanks, Helena Zengel, Elizabeth Marvel, Mare Winningham, Michael Angelo Covino, Ray McKinnon

Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros.)

Sian Richards (makeup department head), Rebecca Woodfork (hair department head)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Shaka King
SYNOPSIS: The story of Fred Hampton, Chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party, and his fateful betrayal by FBI informant William O’Neal.

STARRING: Lakeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya, Dominique Fishback, Jesse Plemons, Martin Sheen, Dominique Thorne, Algee Smith, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler

One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios)†††

Scott Wheeler (makeup department head), Sabrina Cruz Castro, (makeup co-department head), Nakoya Yancey (hair department head)


Wheeler – 1 nomination (1996’s “Star Trek: First Contact”)

Cruz Castro – Never nominated

Yancey – Never nominated

DIRECTOR: Regina King

SYNOPSIS: A fictional account of one incredible night in 1964, where four icons of activism, sports and music – Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke – gathered, discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the ’60s.

STARRING: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr., Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Netflix)†††

Emma Scott (hair designer / makeup designer), Gabor Kerekes (hair supervisor / makeup supervisor), Sharon Martin (hair stylist: Ms. McAdams, makeup artist: Ms. McAdams)

OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

DIRECTOR: David Dobkin
SYNOPSIS: When aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.

STARRING: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Mikael Persbrandt, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Graham Norton, Melissanthi Mahut, Demi Lovato

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† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible

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could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories


= official eligible nominees not yet determined by AMPAS

About makeup and hairstyling category:

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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2021 Golden Globes Predictions (Film)

Best Motion Picture – Drama

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