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FEBRUARY 9, 2022


OF 48

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Makeup and Hair by Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer

Eddie Murphy turning himself into other characters has become a time-honored tradition. One recognized by the Academy on many occasions. Usually, Rick Baker was behind the prosthetics used to change Murphy’s appearance, but the man is 71-years-old now, so they’ve let him rest. But he was the mastermind behind the Oscar-nominated “Norbit” and the first “Coming to America” as well as winning the Academy Award for “The Nutty Professor.” So it makes sense that “Coming 2 America” should continue the streak without him, as the prosthetic work went beyond just one man and branched out to multiple characters in the film.

But the nomination has to go beyond Murphy and the prosthetics. Look at the culture weaved into the hair and makeup of the film. It may take place in the fictional country of Zamunda, but there’s African culture at its heart. That mainly presents itself in the costumes and the hairstyles of the men and women, with some truly unique and extravagant looks.

“Coming 2 America” seems to be the underdog in the Makeup and Hairstyling category, with Gold Derby placing it dead last among its expert predictions. They’re predicting “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” to steal the trophy, while I have a feeling “Dune” stands a much better chance of coming away with it. “Dune” feels like the “Mad Max: Fury Road” or “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” where it landed in many of the technical awards and will come away with most of them. Do I think “Coming 2 America” belongs at the very bottom? No. When makeup workers, alone, can turn Eddie Murphy into an unrecognizable geriatric sitting in a barbershop, they’ve done something special.

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

Mike Marino

— 1st time Nominee —

Stacey Morris

— 1st time Nominee —

Carla Farmer

— 1st time Nominee —



In order to secure his position as king of Zamunda, Akeem and his trusted confidante, Semmi, must return to Queens, New York, where Akeem met his American wife, Lisa, in order to find his long-lost son.

Directed by Craig Brewer
Amazon Studios
March 4, 2021
110 minutes

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