In the smallest category of the Academy Awards, with eventually only three nominees, the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar is still completely up for grabs despite now only having seven films in contention. “The Amazing Spider-man 2” saw Jamie Foxx get the full blue Electro make-over. “Foxcatcher” saw Steve Carrell get the creepy John Du Pont make-over with a prosthetic nose. Several characters including Tilda Swinton were aged for their roles in “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. Zoe Saldana and Batista became entirely new species in “Guardians Of The Galaxy,” one completely green and the other blue and red. Angelina Jolie was given menacing cheekbones in “Maleficent”. The characters in “Noah” were dirtied up. And “The Theory Of Everything” cast was aged as the story progressed.

All of these feats are impressive, but with only three slots open, four of these films are not going to make it to the next round. I expect the category to be “Guardians Of The Galaxy”, “Foxcatcher”, and “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, offering one up to the superhero/fantasy films and two up to the Academy favorites which will be garnering awards in several different categories throughout the night. If anything were to be swapped, I believe the closest fourth place film is “Maleficent,” probably replacing “The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Here’s the complete shortlist:

  • “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″
  • “Foxcatcher”
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “Maleficent”
  • “Noah”
  • “The Theory of Everything”

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