It was a big night for make-up artist Ve Neill, hairstylist Yolanda Toussieng and the hit series American Horror Story at this year’s Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, held Saturday, Feb. 20 at Hollywood’s Paramount Studios. It was also a big night for the show itself, which awarded trophies in nearly two dozen categories and attracted more than 700 guests who were divvied up between the lot’s Bronson and Sherry Lansing theaters and connected by a live video feed projected onto screens in each venue.

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Actress Tamera Mowry-Housley (L) and TV personality Loni Love present an award | Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage

Comedian Loni Love of The Real emceed the event, which recognizes outstanding make-up and hair work in film, television, commercials and live theater. Winners in the film category included Mad Max: Fury Road, Cinderella, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2. American Horror Story: Hotel dominated the television category, earning five statuettes—three for make-up and hairstyling and two for show promos.

Throughout the evening, presenters including The Office’s Kate Flannery and The Strain’s Doug Jones praised the importance of make-up artists and hairstylists to the industry. “We’re honoring you because you keep us from looking like tree monsters,” Love jokingly told attendees in her opening monologue.

Following remarks by Local 706 president Sue Cabral-Ebert and business representative Tommy Cole, and a number parodying the musical Hair, actor Johnny Depp presented Neill and Toussieng—Oscar winners and longtime collaborators—with Lifetime Achievement Awards, calling Toussieng “the yin to Ve’s yang.” The women also received certificates of recognition from the California State Assembly.

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Johnny Depp with lifetime achievement honorees Ve Neill and Yolanda Toussieng | Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage

During her acceptance speech, Neill (known for her work on Tim Burton films and the recent Hunger Games series) gave a shout-out to her female colleagues. “As one of the first women to break the [industry’s] glass ceiling, I’m very proud to be in the company of so many amazing women,” she said. Depp, meanwhile, cracked wise about his work with Toussieng on Edward Scissorhands: “I inhaled so much Aqua Net, I probably hold a Guinness World Record.”

Along with American Horror Story: Hotel, TV category winners included The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. 

Make-Up Artist magazine publisher Michael Key presented the final award of the night: Best Special Make-up Effects for Feature Length Motion Picture (Feature Films), which went to the Oscar-nominated film Mad Max: Fury Road.

Michael Key and Lois Burwell, Photo by Deverill Weekes
Michael Key and Lois Burwell | Photo by Deverill Weekes

At a post-show cocktail reception and buffet, American Horror Story: Hotel make-up department head Eryn Krueger Mekash said she felt “overwhelmed and surprised … To be awarded for doing something you love is an incredible honor,” she said.

Neill was similarly enthused. “My back is killing me, but other than that, I’m elated,” she said. When she joined the union some 40 years ago, she said, she never expected she would achieve her current stature. “I was a 30-day wonder!” she exclaimed, explaining that she was able to forgo the journeyman exam prior to joining the union, which at the time accepted artists who had logged 30 days on a union production. She was working on a horror movie on a cruise ship, she said, when her boyfriend called to tell her the union had sent her an acceptance letter. She didn’t need to be told twice, she added: “I told [the horror crew], ‘I’ve gotta go. The union wants my money right now!’”

Gallery photos by Deverill Weekes

Below is the complete list of award winners: 

MAKE-UP ARTISTS AND HAIRSTYLISTS GUILD AWARD WINNERS
FOR FEATURE LENGTH MOTION PICTURE (FEATURE FILMS):

BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP
Furious 7
Make-up Artists: James Mackinnon, Autumn Butler, Roxy D’Alonzo

BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING

Pitch Perfect 2
Hairstylists: Cheryl Marks, Meagan Herrera, Daina Daigle

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
Mad Max: Fury Road
Make-up Artists: Lesley Vanderwalt, Nadine Prigge, Ailie Smith

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
Cinderella
Hairstylists: Carol Hemming, Orla Carroll, Wakana Yoshihara

BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
Mad Max: Fury Road
Make-up Artists: Damian Martin, Elka Wardega, Jaco Snyman 


FOR TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA SERIES:

BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP
Dancing with the Stars
Make-up Artists: Zena Shteysel, Angela Moos, Patti Bortoli

BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
Dancing with the Stars
Hairstylists: Mary Guerrero, Kimi Messina, Jennifer Guerrero

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
Game of Thrones
Make-up Artist: Jane Walker

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
Game of Thrones
Hairstylists: Kevin Alexander, Candice Banks

BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
The Walking Dead
Make-up Artists: Greg Nicotero, Garrett Immel


FOR TELEVISION MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION (M.O.W):

BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP
Scream Queens
Make-up Artists: Eryn Krueger Mekash, Kelley Mitchell, Melissa Buell

BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING
Whitney
Hairstylists: Emanuel Millar, Rhonda O’Neal

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP
American Horror Story: Hotel
Make-up Artists: Eryn Krueger Mekash, Kim Ayers, Sarah Tanno

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING
American Horror Story: Hotel
Hairstylists: Monte C. Haught, Darlene Brumfield, Frederic Aspiras

BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS
American Horror Story: Hotel
Make-up Artists: Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Anderson


FOR COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS:

BEST MAKE-UP
American Horror Story: Hotel Promo
Make-up Artists: Kerry Herta, Jason Collins

BEST HAIR STYLING
American Horror Story: Hotel
Stylists: Nicole Alkire, Marissa Smith


FOR THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS (LIVE STAGE):

BEST MAKE-UP
Alice in Wonderland
Make-up Artists: Vanessa Dionne, Rheanne Garcia, Deborah Bryan

BEST HAIR STYLING

Alice in Wonderland
Hairstylists: Vanessa Dionne, Cassandra Russek


FOR CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMMING:

BEST MAKE-UP
Henry Danger
Make-up Artists: Michael Johnston, Patti Brand Reese, Melanie Mills

BEST HAIR STYLING
Henry Danger
Hairstylists: Joe Matke, Roma Goddard, Mary Lum

FOR DAYTIME TELEVISION:

BEST MAKE-UP
The Young and the Restless
Make-up Artists: Patricia Denney, Marlene Mason, Kathy Jones

BEST HAIR STYLING
The Real
Hair Stylist: Roberta Gardener Rogers

Sponsors included M.A.C. Cosmetics (Presenting Sponsor and Official Cocktail Party Host), Ardell Lashes (Ruby Sponsor), Make-Up Artist magazine (Award Category Sponsor), I.AT.S.E. Local 798 and Universal Pictures (Gold Sponsors); Fox Searchlight, MUD Make-up Designory, Netflix and RCMA (Silver Sponsors); FX, I.A.T.S.E., Paramount Pictures and Nigel Beauty Emporium (Bronze Sponsors) and American Revolution Vodka and Stolen Rum (Liquor Sponsors).

For a full list of the nominees, see our previous online coverage.