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2024 Oscars Predictions:
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Weekly Commentary (Updated Sept. 28, 2023): The highly publicized nose chatter for “Maestro” was much ado about nothing (at least in my humble opinion). After screening it at the Academy Museum this past week ahead of its bow at NYFF, it’s undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary achievements in the last decade.
While I think the monochrome sequences, only about 20% of the film, are when the prosthetics aren’t at their best, the color sequences are otherworldly. I gasped in the opening scene where Cooper is in full older makeup as Bernstein, another undeniable achievement by two-time Oscar-winning makeup designer Kazo Hiro (“Bombshell” and “Darkest Hour”).
But nothing is a done deal this early in the season.
The preliminary voting for the shortlist also provides shocking inclusions and omissions when revealed. Some other solid bets for recognition include Michael Mann’s biographical drama “Ferrari,” which shows the stunning transformation of Adam Driver into the famed Italian sports car enthusiast.
Two comedies — Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “Poor Things” — will also make compelling cases for branch love.
There’s also two potentials waiting in the wings — Lionsgate’s prequel “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” and Warner Bros’ fantastical musical, “The Color Purple.”
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The submission deadline for general categories is Nov. 18, 2023. Preliminary shortlist voting will begin on Dec. 18, with the results announced on Dec. 21. The voting period will run from Jan. 11-16, 2024, with the official nominations announcement on Jan. 23.
The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10.
***The list below is not final and will be updated throughout the awards season.
And the Predicted Nominees Are:
- “Maestro” (Netflix)
- “Poor Things” (Searchlight Pictures)
- “Barbie” (Warner Bros.)
- “Ferrari” (Neon)
- “The Color Purple” (Warner Bros.)
Next in Line
- “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” (Marvel Studios)
- “Killers of the Flower Moon” (Apple Original Films/Paramount Pictures)
- “Air” (Amazon MGM Studios)
- “Golda” (Bleecker Street)
- “Priscilla” (A24)
Other Top-Tier Possibilities
- “The Creator” (20th Century Studios)
- “Rustin” (Netflix)
- “Oppenheimer” (Universal Pictures)
- “The Holdovers” (Focus Features)
- “Napoleon” (Apple Original Films/Sony Pictures)
- “May December” (Netflix)
- “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” (Lionsgate)
- “Freud’s Last Session” (Sony Pictures Classics)
- “BlackBerry” (IFC Films)
- “Flamin’ Hot” (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures)
Also In Contention
- “Dream Scenario” (A24)
- “Asteroid City” (Focus Features)
- “The Bikeriders” (20th Century Studios)
- “The Killer” (Netflix)
- “Dumb Money” (Sony Pictures)
- “The Taste of Things” (IFC Films/Sapan Studio)
- “Saltburn” (Amazon MGM Studios) — Siân Miller (Makeup, Hair & Prosthetic Designer), Laura Allen (Crowd Hair & Makeup Supervisor)
- “A Haunting in Venice” (20th Century Studios)
- “Beau is Afraid” (A24)
- “The Iron Claw” (A24)
All Eligible Titles (Alphabetized by Studio)**
2022 category winner: “The Whale” (A24) — Adrien Morot, Judy Chin and Annemarie Bradley
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About the Academy Awards
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen branches are represented within the nearly 10,000-person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.