Oscars Predictions: Best Makeup and Hairstyling – ‘Birds Of Prey’ and ‘The Glorias’ Make the Academy Shortlist

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UPDATED: Feb. 9, 2021

Netflix dominated here with four films in the running still but their tentpole film “The Trial of the Chicago 7” missing out could be an early warning signal, but it’s nearly impossible to read into the shortlist. “The Glorias” is one of those entries that when you see it on the list, you feel stupid for not predicting it considering they have three different women playing Gloria Steinheim at different points in her life. The inclusion of “Birds of Prey” is a pleasant surprise, considering it seems as though Warner Bros. didn’t put much effort behind it (omitting it from its FYC site). The big misses here are Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman,” which looked like a potential winner, and Lee Daniels’ “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” both of which made the Critics Choice lineup earlier this week. “The Prom” was also left off. The frontrunner here seems to be “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”.

NOTE: Not all the listed crafts teams are definitive and per the Academy rules, up to three people can be nominated and win this award despite studios submitting more than three.

Awards Circuit Winners Chart (2020-2021)

Alicia Vikander in “The Glorias” (Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment)
Photo courtesy of Roadside Attractions


  1. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)†††
    Matiki Anoff (makeup department head), Mia Neal (hair department head), Larry M. Cherry (hair department head)

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    OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated
    DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe
    SYNOPSIS: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.
    STARRING: Chadwick Boseman, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Glynn Turman

  2. "Hillbilly Elegy" (Netflix)
    Eryn Krueger Mekash (makeup department head), Patricia Dehaney (hair department head), Matthew Mungle (prosthetic designer)

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    Mekash - Never nominated
    Dehaney - 1 nomination, 1 win (2018's "Vice")
    Mungle - 4 nominations, 1 win (1992's "Dracula")

    DIRECTOR: Ron Howard
    SYNOPSIS: An urgent phone call pulls a Yale Law student back to his Ohio hometown, where he reflects on three generations of family history and his own future.
    STARRING: Amy Adams, Glenn Close, Gabriel Basso, Haley Bennett, Freida Pinto, Bo Hopkins, Owen Asztalos

  3. "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" (Warner Bros.)

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    DIRECTOR: Cathy Yan
    SYNOPSIS: After splitting with the Joker, Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
    STARRING: Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Rosie Perez, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett, Chris Messina, Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong

  4. "The Glorias" (Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment)

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    DIRECTOR: Julie Taymor
    SYNOPSIS: The story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem's itinerant childhood and its influence on her life as a writer, activist and organizer for women's rights worldwide.
    STARRING: Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Timothy Hutton, Lorraine Toussaint, Janelle Monáe, Bette Midler

  5. "The Little Things" (Warner Bros.)
    Donald Mowat (makeup department head), Michael White (hair department head)

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    OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

    DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
    SYNOPSIS: Two cops track down a serial killer.
    STARRING: Denzel Washington, Jared Leto, Rami Malek

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  1. "One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)†††
    Scott Wheeler (makeup department head), Sabrina Cruz Castro, (makeup co-department head), Nakoya Yancey (hair department head)

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    Wheeler - 1 nomination (1996's "Star Trek: First Contact")
    Cruz Castro - Never nominated
    Yancey - Never nominated

    DIRECTOR: Regina King
    SYNOPSIS: A fictional account of one incredible night in 1964, where four icons of activism, sports and music – Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke – gathered, discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the ’60s.
    STARRING: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr., Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson

  2. "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" (Netflix)

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    DIRECTOR: David E. Talbert
    SYNOPSIS: Set in the gloriously vibrant town of Cobbleton, the film follows legendary toymaker Jeronicus Jangle whose fanciful inventions burst with whimsy and wonder. But when his trusted apprentice steals his most prized creation, it’s up to his equally bright and inventive granddaughter — and a long-forgotten invention — to heal old wounds and reawaken the magic within.
    STARRING: Forest Whitaker, Madelen Mills, Keegan-Michael Key, Hugh Bonneville, Ricky Martin, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose 

  3. "Mank" (Netflix)†††
    Kimberley Spiteri (hair department head), Gigi Williams (makeup department head)

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    OSCAR HISTORY: Never nominated

    DIRECTOR: David Fincher
    SYNOPSIS: 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.
    STARRING: Tom Burke, Lily Collins, Joseph Cross, Charles Dance, Monika Gossman, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Leonard Moore, Gary Oldman, Tom Pelphrey, Amanda Seyfried, Sam Troughton

  4. "Emma." (Focus Features)

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    DIRECTOR: Autumn de Wilde
    SYNOPSIS: In 1800s England, a well meaning but selfish young woman meddles in the love lives of her friends.
    STARRING: Anya Taylor-Joy, Callum Turner, Mia Goth, Josh O'Connor, Johnny Flynn, Tanya Reynolds, Bill Nighy

  5. "Pinocchio" (Roadside Attractions)

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    DIRECTOR: Matteo Garrone
    SYNOPSIS: Old woodcarver Geppetto's puppet creation, Pinocchio, magically comes to life with dreams of becoming a real boy. Easily led astray, Pinocchio tumbles from one misadventure to another as he is tricked, kidnapped and chased by bandits.
    STARRING: Federico Ielapi, Roberto Benigni, Rocco Papaleo


† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories
††† = official eligible nominees not yet determined by AMPAS

About makeup and hairstyling category:
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Rick Baker (“Men in Black”), who is now retired, has the distinction of most nominations with 11 and wins with seven. Greg Cannon (“Bram Stoker’s Dracula”) is closest to him in both regards with 10 mentions over his career with four wins. The most decorated woman in this space is Ve Neill (“Mrs. Doubtfire”).

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