Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, the site of the first Oscar ceremony back in 1929, was a fitting locale to host the first Make-Up Artist magazine Oscar Bake-off Celebration.
Held Jan. 10 in the hotel’s Art Deco Spare Room bar and sponsored by Frends Beauty and Stilazzi, the event followed the bake-off event at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where the seven teams vying for this year’s Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar offered presentations on their work to the academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch.
The bake-off celebration attracted make-up artists and hairdressers from all seven films in contention— The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent, Noah and The Theory of Everything—along with several of the industry’s best-known artists. Midway through the drinks, snacks and mingling, Make-Up Artist Publisher Michael Key welcomed attendees and asked team members to describe what make-up and hair details audiences should look for when they watch the films.
Foxcatcher make-up department head Bill Corso described the challenges of disguising star Steve Carell to director Bennett Miller’s satisfaction. “Steve Carell cannot be in this movie,” Miller told Corso. “I cannot see Steve Carrell.” The Theory of Everything make-up, hair and prosthetics designer Jan Sewell faced a similar hurdle in transforming actor Eddie Redmayne into physicist Stephen Hawking, who suffers from degenerative nerve disease. “The whole point was not to see the make-up,” she said.
No matter who wins, concluded Maleficent special make-up effects artist Rick Baker, all the artists in contention for the Oscar deserved praise for outstanding work. “I’ve always been proud to be a make-up artist,” he said, “but this year I was especially proud. The work that’s being done by make-up artists all over the world is remarkable.”
As part of the event, attendees were asked to vote for which film they thought should win the Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar. A later tally showed Guardians of the Galaxy in first place, followed by Maleficent and Foxcatcher. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the final three contenders on Thursday, Jan. 15. Make-Up Artist will report the results here. An academy event celebrating the final make-up and hairstyling nominees is set to take place Feb. 21; the 87th Academy Awards broadcast is slated for Feb. 22.
Get the latest coverage of the 2015 Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar on our Oscar Watch 2015 page. Who do you think will win? Make sure to vote in our online poll on that page.