American Horror Story, Star Trek Beyond, Westworld, Suicide Squad and Nocturnal Animals were among the winners as the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) presented its annual Guild Awards on Feb. 19 in Los Angeles.

“This is now our fourth year and the growing popularity of our show has brought us here to The Novo theater and L.A. Live,” said 706 president Sue Cabral-Ebert during the opening remarks she shared with Guild business representative Tommy Cole. “Do you like it?”

The crowd of approximately 700 answered with an enthusiastic round of applause.

Barbara Lorenz accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbara Lorenz accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award

Comedienne Loni Love served as host for the evening, keeping the mood light and festive. The star of The Real opened the evening by poking fun at an easy target for make-up and hair jokes—President Donald Trump.

“We have a petition going to get the new administration to admit some members of 706 to help where it is needed the most,” said Love as images of Trump appeared on the screen behind her. “Look at that! Now that is a special make-up effect right there. And don’t get me started on the hair. You know who should be deported? Whoever told him this is a good look.”

The first honors of the night went to hairstylist Barbara Lorenz and make-up artist Leonard Engelman—recipients of Lifetime Achievement awards. Veteran producer Hawk Koch presented.

Leonard Engelman accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award
Leonard Engelman accepts the Lifetime Achievement Award

“As many of you know, the ideal hairdresser is a combination of therapist, best friend and Leonardo da Vinci,” said Koch. “There is no more important person early in the morning than the make-up and hair magicians. And to me, Barbara is Houdini.” He then read tributes to Lorenz, who also won a Guild award for La La Land, from Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Sylvester Stallone.

“I’d like to thank all the members of 706 for the honor of this award and I want to thank all the nominees. You won something. You won being here,” said Lorenz. “I have had many privileges and met many incredible people along the way. And most of them are still my friends.”

In a videotaped tribute, Cher reminisced about her longtime collaboration with her make-up artist. “I have known Leonard Engelman for 31 years,” she said. “He was my best friend, my team: ‘You can do this Cher.’ He held me together for a number of moments in all that work. He’s so amazing, so talented and so smart. He’s just a wonderful person and I love him.”

“When you are recognized by your peers, you are recognized by the best of the best,” said Engelman. “I want to thank Cher for her loyalty of 31 years and for the fact that we are still doing projects. When Cher received her Oscar for Moonstruck, she thanked her make-up artist and her hairstylist. She forgot to thank her director. But I always say—there are priorities.”

Writer/producer/director Ryan Murphy was awarded the Distinguished Artisan Award. Actor Darren Criss, who has been in such Murphy-produced shows as Glee, American Horror Story and The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, presented the award.

“Distinguished is a pretty apt word for this recipient tonight,” said Criss. “His name is instantly synonymous with sexy, provocative, exciting and very quality television.”

Murphy revealed a directing tip that Warren Beatty had given him when Murphy was just beginning his career. “‘Ryan, make sure the wigs are good,’” he recalled. “I’ve followed Mr. Beatty’s advice for almost 20 years and I thank him for my entire career.”

Murphy emphasized the importance of entertainment in today’s reality, which he described as “dark and frightening,” adding the key role hair and make-up play in what he does as a filmmaker. “What you guys do is transformative from a soul level for actors and for myself,” he said. “I can’t tell you how something will suddenly switch on for me after hair and make-up tests. ‘Oh, now I know how to write him or her because I see it.’ Whereas before, it was just a dream.”

Eryn Krueger and Mike Mekash
Eryn Krueger and Mike Mekash

Murphy delighted the audience when he announced longtime make-up collaborator Eryn Krueger Mekash would receive a new credit on the next season of American Horror Story. “Eryn has been a sort of muse to me, helping me shape 15 years of characters almost as much as my writers do,” continued Murphy. “Eryn and what she does, and what you guys do in this room, is so important to me that I want her to know that this year she is getting a producer’s title.”

Presenters for the awards included performers Charlotte Ross, Violett Beane, Chelsea Kane, Melissa Peterman, Logan Browning, Meg Donnelly, Kate Linder, Bill Brochtrup, Mark D. Espinoza, Mara Hall and Riley Schmidt. Rick Baker announced the night’s final award—Feature-Length Motion Picture – Best Special Make-up Effects.

“I’m just going to speak from the heart,” said Baker, foregoing the prepared words on the teleprompter. “I’ve seen special make-up effects change. I saw the start. I’ve seen the computers take over a lot of it, and now it’s coming back really strong. There are so many people doing great work and I’m really proud of it.”

And the winners are:

Feature-Length – Motion Pictures

Best Contemporary Make-up – Nocturnal Animals
Donald Mowat, Malanie J. Romero, Elaine Offers

Best Contemporary Hair Styling  –  La La Land
Barbara Lorenz, Jackie Masteran, Frida Aradottir

Best Period and/or Character Make-up – Suicide Squad
Alessandro Bertolazzi

Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling – Hail, Caesar!
Cydney Cornell, Pauletta Lewis-Irwin, Matt Danon

Best Special Make-up Effects – Star Trek Beyond
Joel Harlow, Richie Alonzo

Television and New Media Series

Best Contemporary Make-up – Westworld
Christien Tinsley, Elisa Marsh, Rolf Keppler

Best Contemporary Hair Styling – Dancing With the Stars
Kimi Messina, Gail Ryan, Dean Banowetz

Best Period/Character Make-up – Game of Thrones
Jane Walker, Kay Bilk

Best Period/Character Hair Styling – Game of Thrones
Kevin Alexander, Candice Banks

Best Special Make-up Effects – Westworld
Christien Tinsley, Georgia Allen, Hiroshi Yada

Television Mini Series or Movie Made for Television

Best Contemporary Make-up – The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again
Julia Valente, Pip Ayote

Best Contemporary Hair Styling – American Horror Story: Roanoke
Michelle Ceglia, Valerie Jackson

Best Period/Character Make-up – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Zoe Hay, Heather Plott

Best Period/Character Hair Styling – The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
Chris Clark, Natalie Driscoll

Best Special Make-up Effects – American Horror Story: Roanoke
Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Anderson

Commercials and Music Videos

Best Make-up – American Horror Story: Roanoke – Promo
Kerry Herta, Jason Collins, Cristina Waltz

Best Hair Styling – Dior J’adore “The Absolute Femininity” Feat. Charlize Theron
Enzo Angileri

Theatrical Productions (Live Stage)

Best Make-up – A Chorus Line
Vanessa Dionne, Donna Levy, Romain Markus Myers

Best Hair Styling – Amadeus
Laura Caponera, Melanie Hinchee

Children and Teen Programming

Best Make-up – So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation
Tonia Green, Danielle Rush

Best Hair Styling – So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation
Dean Banowetz, Cory Rotenburg, Kimi Messina

Daytime Television

Best Make-up – The Real
Melanie Mills, Kevin Haney, Brian Penikas

Best Hair Styling – The Young and The Restless
Regina Rodriguez, Adriana Lucio