Nominees: Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, and Martin Samuel
Oscar History: Special make-up effects artist Howard Berger won an Oscar for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; this is the first Oscar nomination for special make-up effects artist Peter Montagna. Hair department head Martin Samuel has two previous Oscar nominations: for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2004) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World?s End (2008).
What Berger said: ”The big thing is, it’s not a likeness makeup, it’s a portrait makeup. If the studio said, ‘We want an exact copy of Hitchcock on Anthony Hopkins,’ I would [have said], ‘That can’t happen.’ I was doing a makeup on one of the world’s most well-known actors, Anthony Hopkins, as one of the world’s most known directors, Alfred Hitchcock.” (Read more here.)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Nominees: Peter King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Oscar History: Make-up/hair designer Peter Swords King won an Academy Award for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2004); this is the first nomination for key make-up artist and hair supervisor Rick Findlater. Prosthetics supervisor Tami Lane won an Oscar for her work on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
What King said: ”Our basic team — makeup, hair and prosthetics — was 37 people. Sometimes, with extras, we’d go up to 100 people just in a day doing makeup and hair.” (Via the L.A. Times.)
Nominees: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Oscar History: This is the third Oscar nomination for make-up/hair designer Lisa Westcott, who was nominated for Mrs. Brown (1998) and Shakespeare in Love (1999). This is the first Academy Award nomination for make-up and hair artist Julie Dartnell.
What Westcott said: ”The production was really worried about teeth, because if you’ve got an artist holding a note and singing live, they’re on a great big cinema screen with a camera pointing down their throat, so they were very worried about that.” (Via Make-up Artist magazine.)