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2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Makeup & Hairstyling

2013 Oscar Predictions: Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 85th Academy Awards through February 24th, when the winners are announced.

The best makeup and hairstyling race is  between “The Hobbit” and “Les Miserables,” and is most definitely the best shot “The Hobbit” has at taking home an award… Though “Les Miserables” has the slight edge over it.

Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here, and this list of all the Oscar-nominated films available ON DEMAND right now.

The nominees:
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
“Les Misérables”
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Will win: “Les Miserables”
Could win: “The Hobbit”
Should win: “The Hobbit”

Check out all predictions in all the categories here.

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How i think it should have been:

1. Heike Merker & Daniel Parker, "Cloud Atlas"*(WINNER)
2. Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater & Tami Lane, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"*(Runner-up)
3. Howard Berger, Peter Montagna & Martin Samuel, "Hitchcock"
4. Lisa Westcott & Julie Dartnell, "Les Miserables"
5. Gemma De Vecchi, Conor O'Sullivan, Colin Shulver, Henrik Svensson & Nana Fischer, "Prometheus"


Oh come on, The Hobbit totally has this in the bag.


Thirteen dwarves and two wizards -enough said


I am pretty sure that the transformation of Bella in Breaking Dawn 2 during her pregnancy has them all beat, hands down.


Looper, Hitchcock and Cloud Atlas for this category…but The Hobbit or Lincoln is already included in the shortlist.

I would go for Looper for making me believe the transformation they've made for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Lincoln, did a good job too.

The Hobbit is a redo of the LOTR, nothing new.


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excuse me did they not see the makeup for Naomi Watts and everyone else in The Impossible? They had such detail in everything and maintained and the cuts and dirt throughout the entire movie. It definitely should be nominated for this category.

Kyle Gilmour

Wait a minute. Cloud Atlas is not predicted? WHAT? The make-up in that film is by far the best of the year. Lincoln was not that good.

This list is terrible.


i think the 3 possible contenders this year are : 1. HOBBIT 2. LINCOLN 3. LES MISERABLES :-)

Film Fan

The Hobbit deserves it and has a pretty great chance. Lincoln was good too though, I mean they totally transformed Lewis into a basically exact copy on Lincoln. While the Hobbit should get it I would not be surprised if Lincoln did. I mean if you look at last year, Harry Potter should have for sure won it but instead The Iron Lady did. The same thing could happen again this year.


Yeah I don't know how Cloud Atlas was not recognized for this. I mean Lincoln and Cloud Atlas cannot compare in makeup.


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Wow very surprised Cloud Atlas did not not make the final 7 cut. Did not see that coming.


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These are the only 7 potential candidates to get nominated. Cloud Atlas and The Hunger Games were not put on the short list.


What may work against The Hobbit is the fact that it's 48 framers per minute and 5k high res images are reportedly making the film's makeup appear noticeably artificial and fake.

Cloud Atlas has this one in the bag.


Cloud Atlas should take the makeup award this year hands down. Very innovative and integral to the film. However, I would expect The Hunger Games to get a nom in this category. The stylings of the capital city citizens were exceptional.


The Hobbit will WIN this award for sure.


I saw lincoln, that should get nominated


The Hobbit is the only film this year where EVERYONE in the movie will be wearing complex makeup and hairstyles. Look up the 13 dwarves and tell me I'm wrong.


You forgot the hunger games!


Cloud Atlas is definitely the one to beat this year, but it's mixed reviews and bad box office might hurt its chances. The Hobbit will probably win because if it earns a Best Picture nomination. Lincoln may get the third nomination, but I think Looper might sneak in. Also, don't count out The Hunger Games and its crew headlined by make-up veteran Ve Neill.

Pee Pants

Hands down, "Cloud Atlas" will win this one, even if the Asain makeup was at times a bit freakish (Especially on Hugh Grant).


I think Guy Pearce in the old man make-up may have killed Prometheus' chance for this award…

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