Darkest Hour, Pitch Perfect 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and I, Tonya took home the top prizes in film while Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, Dancing with the Stars and Feud: Bette and Joan led the television categories at the 2018 Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards presented by IATSE Local 706.

Over 900 attendees packed The Novo by Microsoft at L.A. Live in Los Angeles for the fifth-annual presentation of the MUAHS, as they are affectionately known.

Singer Frankie J. Grande kicked off the evening with a clever rendition of “Putting It Together” from Sunday in the Park with George. Accompanied by pianist Jeremy Weinglass, Grande ignited the crowd by peppering the lyrics with hair and make-up references.

Loni Love
Loni Love

Making her third appearance as emcee, comedian Loni Love joked that, like the New England Patriots, she can now be considered a dynasty. “Make-up and hairstyling are similar to football,” observed Love, who co-hosts The Real. “In hair, we don’t want split ends. We want tight ends. When you’re on set and you forget the powder in the trailer, you’re a running back.”

Love went on to note the importance of make-up and hair given the current state of affairs. “The country is a mess, so we just have to look glamorous just to get through these times,” she said, referring to our current president as the “comb-over in chief.” “Let’s make America beautiful again.”

Hosting the celebration, Local 706 president Sue Cabral-Ebert and business representative Tommy Cole thanked the event’s sponsors, show producer Erick Weiss and MUAH committee members. Cabral-Ebert also introduced the In-Memoriam segment. Angie Wells, a MUAH nominee for her work on Mudbound, performed a stirring rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You” during the tribute.

Greg Cannom was presented with the evening’s first honorary award. “I am proud and honored to be the presenter of the Local 706 Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Rick Baker. “I’m especially proud because Greg started as my assistant.”

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Greg Cannom (left) and Rick Baker
Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Greg Cannom (left) and Rick Baker

Baker ribbed his longtime colleague, describing Cannom as his old friend, forming air quotes with his hand as he said, “old.”

“We had a lot of fun working in my garage/workshop on Riverton Avenue in North Hollywood though there was no heat, air conditioning or ventilation,” he continued. “Greg learned from me the Dick Smith technique of how to work and how to do make-up. I learned from Greg who Divine was. What she did in Pink Flamingos. If you don’t know, don’t look it up.”

“I always try to do nice work in the sense that I tried to do it differently,” said Cannom as he accepted the award. “Like the werewolves I did in Fright Night 2 and Hannibal and everything. I just try to do it differently than what I’ve seen before. I was lucky. I got to do incredible films. But still, make-up is so relevant today. Churchill … all these films. I just finished the film about [Dick] Cheney with Christian Bale. It turned out really nice and there’s a lot of make-up. And there’s so much work now on TV. It’s so great to see that it’s still needed and will be around for a long time.”

From left: Christopher McDonald, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mary Guerrero and Kate Linder
From left: Christopher McDonald, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Mary Guerrero and Kate Linder

Mary Guerrero, who has won Emmys for her hairstyling work on Mad Men, Dancing with the Stars and General Hospital, was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dancing with the Stars two-time champion Val Chmerkovskiy made the presentation to Guerrero, which included a taped tribute from longtime client Betty White. “Mary, over these many years, you and your magic fingers have never let me down,” said the actress. “As everyone in this room knows, only your heart is bigger than your talent.”

“I’m surrounded by beautiful make-up and hair—talented, talented people and I feel honored to have been voted to be here,” said Guerrero, who spoke about her struggles growing up in East Los Angeles. “This beauty, wonderful artistry being shown tonight just validates my passion for what I love to do and for what all of you inspire me to do.”

Guerrero returned to the stage later in the ceremonies when DWTS won a MUAH for Best Contemporary Hair Styling.

Honoree Gary Oldman was battling the flu and unable to accept his award in person. Good friend and colleague Malcolm McDowell presented.

“I’m told that the Make-up Artist & Hair Stylist Guild’s Distinguished Artisans Award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry was richly enhanced by the consistent collaboration of make-up and hairstyling artistry, creating memorable characters throughout their career. Translation: he wasn’t a big pain in the ass in the chair,” said McDowell in what was undoubtedly the night’s funniest presentation. “That’s what this award really is. Who is able to sit still the longest. Are you able to endure the application of prosthetic, the smell of adhesive, the claustrophobia of the moldmaking process and the sight of yourself completely bald?”

Malcolm McDowell accepted the Distinguished Artisan Award on behalf of Gary Oldman
Malcolm McDowell accepted the Distinguished Artisan Award on behalf of Gary Oldman

Oldman accepted via a written statement read by McDowell. “What an extraordinary profession to have that allows one to use their imagination to step in the shoes of so many varied individuals and bring them to life,” Oldman wrote. “However, the illusion could not be obtained without skillful artists and craftsmen of the Make-up & Hair Guild. Being an actor gives me the opportunity to change who I am and allowed me to appear completely different. Your talents have provided me with some of my most memorable transformations.”

Presenting awards in the television categories, Criminal Minds stars Joe Mantegna and Kirsten Vangsness were joined onstage by Mia, Mantegna’s daughter. According to her father, Mia, a make-up artist, was the first student with autism to graduate from the Make-up Designory.

Ernie Hudson, Tom Payne, Anna Camp, Melora Hardin, Christopher McDonald, Paul Scheer, Chin Han, Kate Linder, Melissa Leo, Kira Kosarin, Robert Patrick, Olivia Sanabia, Amber Stevens West, Jace Norman and Corbin Bleu also presented awards.

From left: Ernie Hudson, Joe Mantegna and Christopher McDonald
From left: Ernie Hudson, Joe Mantegna and Christopher McDonald

And the winners are:

FEATURE LENGTH MOTION PICTURE (FEATURE FILMS)

BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP

Pitch Perfect 3

Melanie Hughes-Weaver, Judy Yonemoto, Erica Kyker

BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Camille Friend, Louisa Anthony, Jules Holdren

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER MAKE-UP

Darkest Hour

Ivana Primorac, Flora Moody

BEST PERIOD AND/OR CHARACTER HAIR STYLING

I, Tonya

Adruitha Lee, Mary Everett

BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS

Darkest Hour

Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick


TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA SERIES

BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP

Dancing with the Stars

Zena Shteysel Green, Angela Moos, Sarah Woolf

BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING

Dancing with the Stars

Mary Guerrero, Kimi Messina, Gail Ryan

BEST PERIOD / CHARACTER MAKE-UP

Game of Thrones

Jane Walker, Nicola Mathews

BEST PERIOD / CHARACTER HAIR STYLING

The Crown

Ivana Primorac

BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS

Dancing with the Stars

Barrie Gower, Sarah Gower


TELEVISION MINI SERIES / MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION

BEST CONTEMPORARY MAKE-UP

Big Little Lies

Steve Artmont, Nicole Artmont

BEST CONTEMPORARY HAIR STYLING

Big Little Lies

Michelle Ceglia, Frances Mathias, Lona Vigi

BEST PERIOD / CHARACTER MAKE-UP

Feud: Bette and Joan

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Robin Beauchesne

BEST PERIOD / CHARACTER HAIR STYLING

Feud: Bette and Joan

Chris Clark, Ralph Abalos, Wendy Southard

BEST SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS

American Horror Story: Cult

Eryn Krueger Mekash, Michael Mekash, David Anderson


COMMERCIALS AND MUSIC VIDEOS

BEST MAKE-UP

American Horror Story: Cult – Promotional Campaign

Kerry Herta, Jason Collins, Christina Waltz

BEST HAIR STYLING

American Horror Story: Cult – Promotional Campaign

Nicki Alkire, Fernando Navarro, Stephanie Rives


THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS (LIVE STAGE)

BEST MAKE-UP

Mamma Mia

Vanessa Dionne, Christina Tracey, Romaine Markus-Myers

BEST HAIR STYLING

Mamma Mia

Vanessa Dionne, Cassie Russek, Rheanne Garcia


CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMMING

BEST MAKE-UP

Henry Danger

Michael Johnston, Patti Brand-Reese, Melanie Mills

BEST HAIR STYLING

Henry Danger

Joe Matke, Roma Goddard, Dwayne Ross


WINNERS FOR DAYTIME TELEVISION

BEST MAKE-UP

The Bold and the Beautiful

Christine Lai Johnson, Chris Escobosa, Jennifer Wittman

BEST HAIR STYLING

The Bold and the Beautiful

Lisa Long, Danielle Spencer, Danielle Dixon