In anticipation of the 88th Academy Awards, we at Make-Up Artist magazine invite you to take a look back at our coverage of past winners of the Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar. From John Chamber’s honorary award for Planet of the Apes in 1969 to Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier’s win for The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2015, we’ve shared exclusive artist interviews and content with our readers.

Here are the winners we featured on our covers, and teasers of the content within:

Issue-2The Nutty Professor, 1996

Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson

“Most of the time you do a film with someone in a make-up, people never see what he looks like normally. It’s nice to have that comparison—here’s Eddie [Murphy] without make-up, and Eddie with make-up. … These make-ups are the most difficult kind, to do realistic people.”—Rick Baker

Issue 2

Issue-5Planet of the Apes, 1968

Honorary Oscar for John Chambers

“My initial introduction to John Chambers was when I saw Planet of the Apes. I was born and raised in Oklahoma, so you can well imagine my intense fascination with the process of creating such futuristic ape-like characters. I was so inspired by this particular film series, and especially with John Chambers’ masterful special effects make-up, that I decided right then and there to follow in his footsteps.”—Matthew Mungle

Issue 5

Issue-8Men in Black, 1997

Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson

“One guy in particular who’s a dolly grip who’s been there forever, from day one. He said, ‘I’ve seen everything that’s come through this place, and I’ve never seen anything like this. Nothing impresses me, but this thing is amazing.’”—Rick Baker

Issue 8

Issue-27-Grinich1CoverDr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2000

Rick Baker and Gail Ryan

“He [Jim Carrey] says, ‘What’s this?’ And it was when I did a Grinch make-up on myself back at Christmas-time. He says, ‘This is what the Grinch should look like. This is the Grinch.’”—Rick Baker

Issue 27

Issue-34The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

Peter Owen and Richard Taylor

“I absolutely believed that we needed to bring a singular Tolkienist Brush Stroke, a singular stamp of technique and style and design to the work.”—Richard Taylor

Issue 34

Issue-51Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, 2004

Valli O’Reilly and Bill Corso

“The design process we went through was really unique, and I don’t think that many make-up artists have gone about it this way.”—Bill Corso

Issue 51

Issue-57The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 2005

Howard Berger and Tami Lane

“We wanted to make everything feel as realistic as possible, so we didn’t take a cartoony way or make it feel kid-friendly.”—Howard Berger

Issue 57

Issue-63Pan’s Labyrinth, 2006

David Martí and Monste Ribé

“The first time we saw Doug Jones running with his eye-hands over his face it was very disturbing. From that moment we knew that the Pale Man will become the ‘monster’ of our movie.”—David Martí

Issue 63

Issue-76The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008

Greg Cannom

“I’m good at roughing it out and I could finish if I wanted to do it, but it would take me forever to do all the pores and wrinkles and it would drive me up the wall, whereas Miles is an incredible sculptor …”—Greg Cannom

Issue 76

Issue-78-CharacterCoverStar Trek, 2009

Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, and Joel Harlow

“With the Romulans, J.J. wanted to see something completely different, so they still resemble Vulcans in that they have pointed ears and eyebrows, but we went through something like six different full make-up tests specifically for the character of Nero and ultimately designing what the Romulan aesthetic would look like.”—Joel Harlow

Issue 78

Issue-94-CharacterCoverThe Iron Lady, 2011

Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

“We never wanted to do a caricature of Margaret Thatcher. It’s very easy to do too much in terms of the prosthetics, so all I wanted to do was enhance Meryl’s features to get somewhat closer to Thatcher as much as possible.”—Mark Coulier

Issue 94

Issue-105-CharacterCoverDallas Buyers Club, 2013

Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

“Sometimes Matthew and Jared would go back and forth five times in one day, from their looks when they are dying to healthy looks when they were supposed to look 25 pounds heavier, which put a tremendous amount of pressure on us.”—Robin Mathews

Issue 105

Issue-108-CharacterCoverThe Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier

“ … so Wes likes those little details. They may never be seen, but they say something about what that person is or does.”—Frances Hannon

Issue 108



For more Oscar coverage, check out our Oscar Watch 2016 page—featuring exclusive artist-narrated videos, interviews, photos and more! Be sure to vote in our poll for your pick to win the 2016 Award for Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.