“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Most of the makeup in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” is subtle. Apart from turning Tilda Swinton into an entirely different person, the rest of the makeup just tends to accent certain features of a character, like Agatha’s birthmark or Edward Norton’s mustache. Or the makeup is used to comedic effect, like making Harvey Keitel bald and covered in wacky tattoos or the fake mustache drawn on Zero’s face. The makeup and hairstyling does not make or break the film in anyway, but it adds a nice to touch of eccentricity to an already out-there film, something Wes Anderson is hugely known for. It comes down to the attention to detail he shows in all aspects of his films, becoming just as important as good Costume Design or Production Design.

What’s its competition? Will the Academy go for subtlety or full-blown hair and makeup? If they go for subtlety, then “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Foxcatcher” will battle it out, with “Foxcatcher” remaining even a step more subtle than “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. But if the Academy awards the bigger Makeup and Hairstyling gestures, this will be “Guardians Of The Galaxy’s” to take. Mark Coulier has known Academy success before, with his subtle work on aging Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady” (2011) while this is the first nomination for Francis Hannon. Even though there are only three nominees, this category could still fall in any direction.

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// Produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, and Jeremy Dawson // Directed by Wes Anderson //
// Dated Viewed: Sunday, January 25th, 2015 // BLU-RAY //  33 films – 29 days //

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