The Oscar shortlist of seven in Makeup and Hairstyling includes the Critics Choice winner and Oscar frontrunner: Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” which boasts extraordinary, fluid prosthetics from Kazuhiro Tsuji, as well as surprise upcoming Netflix release “Bright,” starring Will Smith and a huge array of Orcs.
Shut out of consideration are Guillermo del Toro’s “Shape of Water” featuring Doug Jones as a shapely aquatic river god, and Bill Condon’s Disney live-action blockbuster “Beauty and the Beast.”
On Saturday, January 6, 2018, the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch viewed 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films before voting for the final three nominations to be announced on January 23.
Contenders are listed in alphabetical order; no movie will be deemed a frontrunner unless I have seen it.
“Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2”
“Ghost in the Shell”
“Victoria & Abdul”