Oscar® nominees gather day before for symposium
Greg Cannom won the 2009 Academy Award® for Achievement in Makeup for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This was Cannom’s ninth Academy Award® nomination; he won previously for Mrs. Doubtfire (1994, with Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng) and Dracula (1993, with Michèle Burke and Matthew Mungle). During the Feb. 22 broadcast, he thanked the film’s cast; his agent, Helen Cohen; the movie studios and the city of New Orleans, where much of the film was shot. (continued below)
“I share this with Colleen Callaghan, who should be up here with me,” Cannom said in his acceptance speech. He also thanked make-up artists and hairstylists Jean Black, Fionagh Cush, Elaine Offers, Miles Teves, Brian Sipe, Will Huff, Todd Tucker, Harvey Lowry, Mark Jacszyn, Alexei O’Brien, Mark Nieman, Chris Gallaher, Art Pimental, Martin Astles, Susan Kalinowski and Natascha and Favian Wigs.
Cannom’s competition for the award included fellow nominees Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz (for Hellboy II: The Golden Army) and John Caglione Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan (for The Dark Knight).
“I knew I had a good chance, but you’re absolutely not sure, and I was really waiting to hear them say Hellboy or The Dark Knight,” said Cannom, who described the experience as surreal. “When you hear your name, it takes a second to register. You hear the applause and you have no choice but to go up there. At that point, you hear nothing, you give a speech and have no idea what you’re saying. The moment is so intense and exhilarating, there’s nothing like it.
“I have to say, the other make-up nominees were so gracious and supportive, and I really share this with them. Their work was so fantastic that any one of them could have been up there, and I would have been very happy.”
Cannom added that while he was proud of his previous Oscars, this one in particular was special because it was for old-age make-up, which he described as his favorite but also the hardest thing to do well.
The Achievement in Makeup award presentation was not the event’s only make-up related moment: the late effects artist Stan Winston appeared in a tribute to movie industry talent lost in 2008.
ABOVE: (Left to right) Symposium guests O’Sullivan, Caglione Jr., Elizalde, Floutz, and Cannom.
The Sunday awards telecast was preceded Saturday by the third annual Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Symposium, which celebrated the achievements of the make-up nominees. Participants discussed their creative process and presented film clips, photographs and models of their work, followed by a lengthy question-and-answer session. Academy make-up artist and hairstylist branch governor Leonard Engelman moderated the event, which was held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Symposium photos below by Deverill Weekes
BELOW: Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz at the Hellboy 2 table