Makeup and Hairstyling

“All Quiet on the Western Front”
“The Batman”
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
“Crimes of the Future”
“The Whale”

Per the Academy’s press release:

10 films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 95th Academy Awards. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar® consideration.

Each shortlist is determined by members of that corresponding branch, except for International Feature Film. (Members from all branches are invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting and must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.)

The nominations for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, while the Oscars ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby® Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


“All Quiet on the Western Front”

“The Batman”
Warner Bros. Pictures

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Walt Disney Pictures


“The Whale”


“The Batman” and “The Whale” (which sounds like a movie title itself) are the strongest contenders because of their prosthetic work alone. “The Batman” made Colin Farrell unrecognizable as the penguin, and that’s only one character. Robert Pattinson and Zoe Kravitz look great throughout the film and even though we don’t see much of Barry Keoghan’s Joker, his makeup, too, is notable. “The Whale” relies entirely on turning Brendan Fraser into the obese main character, and, at least from what I’ve seen, they do an impeccable job.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is probably an easy pick for all the work they do on the group of blue-skinned, water-breathing superhumans led by Namor. You would only have the prestige of Queen Ramonda, the oppressiveness of Namor, and the fierceness of the Dora Milaje with excellent makeup.

“All Quiet on the Western Front” and “Blonde” are more selections of the process of elimination. Every year, an international film breaks the confines of that category and gets nominated elsewhere. The fact that “All Quiet on the Western Front” even made the shortlist shows the support for this film and raises the odds of it getting into a few categories. “Blonde” wasn’t a very well-received film, but most people have to admit that Ana de Armas matched the look of the icon Marilyn Monroe. Some of that credit must go to the hair and makeup.

I want to put “Elvis” on this list for their work on Austin Butler, making him resemble the King, but the shoddy work on Tom Hanks’ prosthetics forces me to leave it off. But if there’s one film that will likely get nominated over any of the ones I’ve picked, it’ll be this one. “Amsterdam” and “Babylon” might not have enough support. However, neither was “Blonde,” so one of these (more likely “Babylon”) could take that spot. If I had to pick one film on this list that would turn Academy voters off, it would probably be “Crimes of the Future,” which I think most were surprised to see make the shortlist. And, with Will Smith at the helm, I’m curious if “Emancipation” will be hurt in all regards when it comes to the Academy voting.

All Quiet on the Western Front

Tamar Aviv and Linda Eisenhamerova

October 7, 2022
Directed by Edward Berger
Produced by Malte Grunert and Daniel Dreifuss

Synopsis: All Quiet on the Western Front tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches. The film from director Edward Berger is based on the world renowned bestseller of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.


Nana Fischer and Adruitha Lee

October 7, 2022
Directed by David O. Russell
Produced by Arnon Milchan, Matthew Budman, Anthony Katagas, David O. Russell, and Christian Bale
20th Century Studios

Synopsis: In the 1930s, three friends witness a murder, are framed for it, and uncover one of the most outrageous plots in American history.


Heba Thorisdottir and Jaime Leigh McIntosh

December 23, 2022
Directed by Damien Chazelle
Produced by Marc Platt, Matthew Plouffe, and Olivia Hamilton
Paramount Pictures

Synopsis: A tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during an era of unbridled decadence and depravity in early Hollywood.

The Batman

Nina Park and Nikki Nelms

March 4, 2022
Directed by Matt Reeves
Produced by Dylan Clark and Matt Reeves
Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: Batman ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans become clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Joel Harlow and Camille Friend

November 11, 2022
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore
Walt Disney Pictures

Synopsis: In Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.


Tina Roesler Kerwin and Jaime Leigh McIntosh

September 16, 2022
Directed by Andrew Dominik
Produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey Landon, Brad Pitt, and Scott Robertson

Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel by Joyce Carol Oates, Blonde boldly reimagines the life of one of Hollywood’s most enduring icons, Marilyn Monroe. From her volatile childhood as Norma Jeane, through her rise to stardom and romantic entanglements, Blonde blurs the lines of fact and fiction to explore the widening split between her public and private selves.

Crimes of the Future

Alexandra Anger and Hronis Tzimos

June 3, 2022
Directed by David Cronenberg
Produced by Robert Lantos, Panos Papahadzis, and Steve Solomos

Synopsis: As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission — to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.


Angela Conte and Louise Coulston

June 24, 2022
Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Produced by Gail Berman, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Patrick McCormick, Schuyler Weiss, and Andrew Mittman
Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Austin Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).


Matthew Silva, Ken Diaz, and Andrea Bowman

December 2, 2022
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Will Smith, Jon Mone, Joey McFarland, and Todd Black
Apple TV+

Synopsis: “Emancipation” tells the triumphant story of Peter (Will Smith), a man who escapes from slavery, relying on his wits, unwavering faith and deep love for his family to evade cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on his quest for freedom. The film is inspired by the 1863 photos of “Whipped Peter,” taken during a Union Army medical examination, that first appeared in Harper’s Weekly. One image, known as “The Scourged Back,” which shows Peter’s bare back mutilated by a whipping delivered by his enslavers, ultimately contributed to growing public opposition to slavery.

The Whale

Judy Chin

December 21, 2022
Directed by Darren Aronofsky
Produced by Jeremy Dawson, Ari Handel, and Darren Aronofsky

Synopsis: A reclusive English teacher suffering from severe obesity attempts to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter for one last chance at redemption.

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