2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Best Makeup & Hairstyling is a category with only three nomination slots. That makes it, somehow, both easier and harder to predict, as it’s easy to narrow down the frontrunner but hard to fill the last two spots.

The shortlist for the category is down to seven. Quiet clearly, Darkest Hour will be nominated. The makeup work on Gary Oldman is outstanding and the Academy loves to celebrate singular character work.

Guardians of the Galaxy was nominated a few years ago and, if anything, there’s a bit more makeup work in Vol. 2. It’s a popular film that should garner a lot of love.

The final spot seems to be down to BrightI, Tonya or Wonder. If Bright gets in, that could mean Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is out because of the similarities in what kind of makeup each two employ. But it seems less likely that Bright, which many hate and is distributed by Oscar foe Netflix, would be the choice over Vol. 2 unless the Academy is very high on the makeup work in it.

Wonder has singular character centric makeup. Since the voters might want to recognize various types of makeup & hairstyling, and they’ll already have Darkest HourWonder might be overlooked.

That leaves us with I, Tonya, which is more so a hairstyling film. Spreading the love could mean that I, Tonya will fill that third spot.

The 3
David Malinkowski, Lucy Sibbick, Anita Burger — Darkest Hour
John Blake, Camille Friend, Brian Snipe — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Deborah Lamia Denaver, Adruitha Lee — I, Tonya

Could contend
J.D. Bowers, Megan Harkness, Ailsa Macmillan, Robert A. Pandini — Wonder
Pierce Austin, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Jamie Kelman, Fernando Navarro, Christopher Allen, Kristen Saia, Christina Waltz — Bright
Beverley Binda, Andrea Cracknell, Adam James Phillips, Tapio Salmi, Amie Wilson — Victoria and Abdul
Kate Biscoe, Stefan Knight, Katherine Brown — Ghost in the Shell


Featured image via Focus Features.


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