7 films shortlisted for Best Makeup

  • “Albert Nobbs”
  • “Anonymous”
  • “The Artist”
  • “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life”
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
  • “Hugo”
  • “The Iron Lady”

Beverly Hills, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that seven films remain in competition in the Makeup category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

On Saturday, January 21, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 84th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 24, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


  1. Daveylow 4 years ago

    No J. Edgar.

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  2. filmboymichael 4 years ago

    So glad J. Edgar didn’t make that shortlist – I thought the academy would fall for it, but really, it’s really, really bad!

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  3. Duke 4 years ago

    Is there a good reason why The Artist is here/ I havent watched the film yet. It looks like The Artist is gonna have more nominations than it deserves

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  4. Anonymous 4 years ago

    I’m shocked W.E. didn’t make the shortlist. It’s some of the most impressive usage of makeup in the last few years… This is disappointing to say the least..

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  5. Gregoire 4 years ago

    J Edgar’s makeup was a disaster. So glad it was booted.

    Iron Lady and Harry Potter are probably locks.

    Albert Nobbs has showy makeup, but did anybody see it?

    I hope The Artist is left off. I understand the skill of makeup for black-and-white film, but come on now. It’s mostly glamour and lipstick.

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  6. RG Serna 4 years ago

    Harry POtter
    Albert Nobbs and Iron Lady is my bet here….enough with The Artist thing it doesn’t deserve an OScar for best make up..with no disrespect to others..just an opinion..^_^

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  7. Tero Heikkinen 4 years ago

    The Iron Lady will win. It could be its only trophy, but I think that film will get two 😉

    Not surprised about J. Edgar, actually. Leo was done quite well, but Armie was absolutely awful – and his old acting was the worst part of the film (talk about acting where make up didn’t help an actor but did the opposite).

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  8. OCO300 4 years ago

    @Gregoire why is Iron Lady and The Artist is doing sort of bad in the box office?

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  9. RyanT 4 years ago

    Was expecting Week with Marilyn to be in this shortlist. But see The Artist and Hugo go go go…

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  10. Matt 4 years ago

    I think Iron Lady, Harry Potter and Hugo will be the noms.

    I really don’t know what to expect with HP 7.2 overall. I can see it receiving as little as 2 to as many as 5 if the sound categories are still open.

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  11. Arthur 4 years ago

    @Matt I think so too, We Know Art Direction & VFX are Locks(nominations of course)

    But, original Score Sound Mixing & Edtiting, Make-up, Could Cinematography make the cut???

    I do think harry has a chance Here… for a nom… although i think it has zero shots in this category Of course, uNLESS some votes get miss counted

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  12. Michael 4 years ago

    Surprised to see Gainsbourg listed. That came out in France two years ago – how is it eligible? I know it came out in the US only this Summer…

    I wonder if it will get a surprise nomination like Il Divo.

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  13. Andreas 4 years ago

    The Iron Lady should win this –best make-up work this year.

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  14. Matt 4 years ago

    re: Arthur

    I thought HP 7.2’s cinematography was serviceable, but I thought it was a lot more showy and/or beautiful in Part 1, and of course in Delbonnel’s gorgeously shot Half Blood Prince.

    The one tech category I overlooked in HP that I really noticed during 7.2 was the high quality use of sound and the heavy contrast of mixing and effects throughout. It would be nice if they got a nod or two, I believe Narnia was able to pick up one.

    I also think Desplat an outside shot at picking up a nom for score, especially since ELAEC is falling faster than, well, you know.

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  15. Tero Heikkinen 4 years ago

    “Surprised to see Gainsbourg listed. That came out in France two years ago – how is it eligible?”

    It’s that one? Damn, I saw it almost two years ago, too.

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  16. Keifer 4 years ago

    Harry Potter / Anonymous / Hugo

    Those are my picks for the final three . . . with Potter for the win.

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  17. Ryman 4 years ago

    Harry Potter needs to win this instead of The Artist because that movie will probably win everything else, and Harry Potter’s the better film so for once give it to the better film Academy.

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  18. Tero Heikkinen 4 years ago

    The Iron Lady hasn’t really opened wide yet, but it should make decent business. Same with The Artist which I think will make 100 million worldwide quite easily.

    The case of Michel Hazanavicius (=correct spelling, people; not VICIOUS) is interesting. If he wins Original Screenplay, he probably loses Director – and vice versa. My money is on Director (for him to win).

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  19. Sean Wu 4 years ago

    Jennifer Lawrence will accompany Tom Sherak in Oscar Nominee Presentations:


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  20. Joschi 4 years ago

    everybody saw how bad the J. Edgar Make Up was.. why not Eastwood!?

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  21. Ryan Adams 4 years ago

    Jennifer Lawrence will accompany Tom Sherak in Oscar Nominee Presentations:

    Hunger Games prequel.

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  22. Zach 4 years ago

    Iron Lady / Harry Potter / Anonymous or Albert Nobbs (how much of Glenn Close was makeup and how much was LACK of makeup?)

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  23. Zach 4 years ago

    I stand corrected; lots of makeup in Albert Nobbs: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2930090265/

    But I wouldn’t call it showy, but subtle.

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  24. Tero Heikkinen 4 years ago

    Maybe it’s time to fix the contender tracker? J. Edgar is there – not once, but twice.

    Also, Tintin and Le Havre are written incorrectly. I’m nitpicking (is that a word?)

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  25. Diego 4 years ago

    If TIL wins Make Up, then Meryl will win Lead Actress.

    Just like with La Vie en Rose and Cotillard

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  26. Zach 4 years ago

    I think The Iron Lady will win regardless of whether Meryl wins (though I still think she’s the frontrunner anyway, especially now that The Help was not included in the DGA lineup).

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  27. Hunter 4 years ago

    I’ll say it will end up Albert Nobbs, Iron Lady and Harry Potter. Harry Potter could very well win in this category because of the scale of the make-up work. The 40 or so Goblins, battle worn wizards, epilogue aging, Voldemort, and Aberforth.

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  28. JP 4 years ago

    For me,
    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″
    “The Iron Lady”

    Thanks to the widely criticism, J. Edgar is deservingly out!

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  29. Jerry 4 years ago

    Thank you academy for not including that hideous make-up from J. Edgar.
    -Love, the world

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  30. Arthur 4 years ago


    What i think is going to happen:

    Art Direction
    Visual Effects
    Sound Mixing OR Sound Editing (NOT BOTH)
    Make-Up Or Original Score(Not Both)

    I wish they would all mak it, but i’m predicting 4 noms for harry, wish there wer 10 but……………….

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  31. Zach 4 years ago

    I think if J. Edgar’s makeup is already out, Armie Hammer is out too. (Not that many people were predicting him.)

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  32. Pat 4 years ago

    No J. Edgar? Really?

    Also, The Artist picked up the Vancouver Film Critics Awards for Best Pic and Best Screenplay tonight! (as did Malick/Fassbender/Olsen/Plummer/Chastain, and Cafe de Flore/Cronenberg/Williams/Storemare)

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  33. James 4 years ago

    Hugo can wind up with a record-tying 14 nominations. Picture, director, Ben Kingsley, writing plus ALL the technical/artistic crafts categories.

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  34. Larry B 4 years ago

    The truth is that no one can predict this crazy category, even though we have a shortlist to go by. I’ve never even heard of “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life”. Those crazy makeup artists – they do their own thing.

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  35. Josh 4 years ago


    Okay, calm down, it’s not that amazing…

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  36. Beth Stevens 4 years ago

    Gainsbourg has terrific makeup. I’m predicting it for at least the nom, maybe the win.

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  37. JP 4 years ago

    @ James It’s not happening! What matters more than anything for Hugo now is having more nominations than The Artist. I personally don’t see Kingsley in, don’t see it getting the 2 sound nominations and original song is a box of surprise, the most difficult of all categories to predict.

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  38. dfa 4 years ago

    @JP + James. Don’t think song is anywhere likely for Hugo. As lovely as Shore’s score is, the song is meandering, unfocused and forgettable. Shore can be real hit or miss when it comes to songwriting. Love Into the West and Gollum’s Song, but the Hugo Song completely misses the mark in my opinion.

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  39. alquimista219 4 years ago

    Here is our take on the race for best make up http://filmicas.com/2012/01/10/la-carrera-maquillaje/

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  40. Christian H 4 years ago

    I think Harry Potter will win best makeup because it’s the only real chance to honor the Potter movies with an Oscar. Visual Effects will probably go to Apes and Art Direction will go to Hugo or The Artist. The other noms will probably be The Iron Lady and Albert Nobbs or The Artist.

    Hugo wont’t make a nom for best song because i guess there will be only 3 nominees this year.

    Question: Do someone else think that a nom for The Artist in a sound category is possible?? Call me crazy but I seriously think yes.

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