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Academy Governor Leonard Engelman with Oscar nominees Damian Martin, Lesley Vanderwalt and Elka Wardega for “Mad Max: Fury Road” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar Week: Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium | Photo by Michael Palma / ©AMPAS
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Leonard Engelman and Lois Burwell | Photo by Deverill Weekes

The Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, marked its 10th year with presentations from Oscar-nominated make-up artists and hairstylists.

Hosted by Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governors Kathryn Blondell and Lois Burwell and moderated by Leonard Engelman (former vice president of the Academy Board of Governors), the event featured discussions with—and displays of work from—the teams nominated for this year’s Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

Participants included Robert Pandini, Duncan Jarman and Sian Grigg for The Revenant; Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road; and Eva von Bahr and Love Larson for The 100-Year-Old-Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Nominees described their creative processes and presented film clips and displays of their work before participating in a question-and-answer period.

 Photos by Deverill Weekes

One attendee asked Engelman why most academy categories have five films while the make-up and hairstyling category has three.

“We have the opportunity to change it to five and we continue to choose to have it at three,” he explained. “The reason that we do that is because we want to make sure that those pictures that are nominated are really, really strong films. … what we don’t want is a situation where, let’s say maybe the fifth show that gets nominated isn’t quite where we would want it to be. And because it got seen by the majority of academy members, it ends up winning. So we do the three as a very protective honor situation.”

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Watch the full symposium below.