Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded 1981
Currently held by Kazu Hiro
Anne Morgan
Vivian Baker
Bombshell (2019)

The Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling is the Academy Award given to the best achievement in makeup and hairstyling for film. Traditionally, three films have been nominated each year with exceptions in the early 1980s and 2002 when there were only two nominees; in 1999, when there were four nominees. Beginning with the 92nd Academy Awards, five films will be nominated.[1]

The competitive category was created in 1981 as the Academy Award for Best Makeup, after the Academy received complaints that the makeup work in The Elephant Man (1980) was not going to be honored. Although no award was given to The Elephant Man, an entire category dedicated to honoring makeup effects in film was created for subsequent ceremonies. Previously, makeup artists were only eligible for special achievement awards for their work.

Ahead of nominations, a shortlist of titles is chosen by the makeup branch's executive committee and clips are screened by the members of the branch at an annual "bake-off." After only two films were shortlisted in 2002, rules were installed requiring that seven finalists be chosen each year with the top three becoming nominees. Beginning in 2020, the shortlist expanded from seven finalists to ten.[1]

In 2012, the category was given its current name for use in the 85th Academy Awards and onward.[2][3] Makeup artist Rick Baker holds the record for both most wins (7) and most nominations (11) for this award.

Special Achievement Awards

Before 1981, Special Achievement Oscars were twice awarded to makeup artists for their work on a specific film:


Starting in 1993, the award is to be shared with hairstylists if hair effects "contribute greatly to the appearance and effect of the characters".[6]

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Films in dark blue background have received a Special/Honorary Award; those in yellow background have won a regular Academy Award of Merit.




Year Film Nominees
Dick Tracy John Caglione Jr. and Doug Drexler
Cyrano de Bergerac Michèle Burke and Jean-Pierre Eychenne
Edward Scissorhands Ve Neill and Stan Winston
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Stan Winston and Jeff Dawn
Hook Christina Smith, Monty Westmore, and Greg Cannom
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Michael Mills, Edward French, and Richard Snell
Bram Stoker's Dracula Greg Cannom, Michèle Burke, and Matthew W. Mungle
Batman Returns Ve Neill, Ronnie Specter, and Stan Winston
Hoffa Ve Neill, Greg Cannom, and John Blake
Mrs. Doubtfire Greg Cannom, Ve Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng
Philadelphia Carl Fullerton and Alan D'Angerio
Schindler's List Christina Smith, Matthew W. Mungle, and Judith A. Cory
Ed Wood Rick Baker, Ve Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng
Forrest Gump Daniel C. Striepeke, Hallie D'Amore, and Judith A. Cory
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Daniel Parker, Paul Engelen, and Carol Hemming
Braveheart Peter Frampton, Paul Pattison, and Lois Burwell
My Family, Mi Familia Ken Diaz and Mark Sanchez
Roommates Greg Cannom, Bob Laden, and Colleen Callaghan
The Nutty Professor Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson
Ghosts of Mississippi Matthew W. Mungle and Deborah La Mia Denaver
Star Trek: First Contact Michael Westmore, Scott Wheeler, and Jake Garber
Men in Black Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson
Mrs Brown Lisa Westcott, Veronica Brebner, and Beverley Binda
Titanic Tina Earnshaw, Greg Cannom, and Simon Thompson
Elizabeth Jenny Shircore
Saving Private Ryan Lois Burwell, Conor O'Sullivan, and Daniel C. Striepeke
Shakespeare in Love Lisa Westcott and Veronica Brebner
Topsy-Turvy Christine Blundell and Trefor Proud
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Michèle Burke and Mike Smithson
Bicentennial Man Greg Cannom
Life Rick Baker


Year Film Nominees
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Rick Baker and Gail Ryan
The Cell Michèle Burke and Edouard F. Henriques
Shadow of the Vampire Ann Buchanan and Amber Sibley
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Owen and Richard Taylor
A Beautiful Mind Greg Cannom and Colleen Callaghan
Moulin Rouge! Maurizio Silvi and Aldo Signoretti
Frida John E. Jackson and Beatrice De Alba
The Time Machine John M. Elliott Jr. and Barbara Lorenz
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Richard Taylor and Peter King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Edouard F. Henriques and Yolanda Toussieng
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Ve Neill and Martin Samuel
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Valli O'Reilly and Bill Corso
The Passion of the Christ Keith VanderLaan and Christien Tinsley
The Sea Inside Jo Allen and Manuel García
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Howard Berger and Tami Lane
Cinderella Man David LeRoy Anderson and Lance Anderson
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Dave Elsey and Nikki Gooley
Pan's Labyrinth David Martí and Montse Ribé
Apocalypto Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Click Kazuhiro Tsuji and Bill Corso
La Vie en Rose Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
Norbit Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Ve Neill and Martin Samuel
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight John Caglione Jr. and Conor O'Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz
Star Trek Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, and Joel Harlow
Il Divo Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
The Young Victoria Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore


Year Film Nominees
The Wolfman Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Barney's Version Adrien Morot
The Way Back Gregory Funk, Edouard F. Henriques, and Yolanda Toussieng
The Iron Lady Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Albert Nobbs Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, and Lisa Tomblin
Les Misérables Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Hitchcock Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater, and Tami Lane
Dallas Buyers Club Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Foxcatcher Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
Guardians of the Galaxy Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White
Mad Max: Fury Road Damian Martin, Lesley Vanderwalt, and Elka Wardega
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini
Suicide Squad Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, and Christopher Nelson
A Man Called Ove Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
Star Trek Beyond Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo
Darkest Hour Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick
Victoria & Abdul Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard
Wonder Arjen Tuiten
Vice Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, and Patricia Dehaney
Border Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer
Mary Queen of Scots Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, and Jessica Brooks
Bombshell Kazuhiro Tsuji, Anne Morgan, and Vivian Baker
Joker Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
Judy Jeremy Woodhead
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
1917 Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole

Multiple awards and nominations

Multiple awards

Multiple nominations

See also


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