The fifth annual Oscar-Nominated Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Symposium was held Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. More than 1,400 tickets were given away for this free event, celebrating the make-up artists and hairstylists nominated for the 2011 Achievement in Makeup Oscar. Nominated artists for the films Barney’s Version, The Way Back and The Wolfman displayed their work from the productions; pieces included artist renderings, molds and prosthetic pieces.
BELOW (top to bottom): Pieces from Barney’s Version, The Way Back and The Wolfman
All nominated artists were in attendance: Adrien Morot for Barney’s Version; Edouard Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng for The Way Back; and Rick Baker and Dave Elsey for The Wolfman.
“I am honored to be here with such an elite group of artists. It’s an amazing experience,” said Morot.
At the end of January, the potential list of Oscar nominees was narrowed from a field of seven films during the bake-off—also known as the Nominating Meeting of the Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. During the meeting, each artist had an opportunity to present 10-minute clips of their work and then answer any questions about their processes.
At the symposium, Baker and Elsey described why they chose to work on The Wolfman: “We wanted to be a part of the new Wolfman in order to preserve the legacy of legendary make-up artist Jack Pierce, who created the Wolfman make-up for Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1941 original. Wolfman was the make-up that brought us both to want to be make-up artists, so for us to be able to recreate this make-up is a dream come true.”
The event, which featured displays of prosthetics, hairpieces, photos, research materials and more, was a celebration of the nominated artists. Nominees answered questions from the crowd and acknowledged their collaborators.
“We are proud to have worked with Peter Weir on this film. He allows us to have our art become part of his art,” said Henriques, of The Way Back.
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