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The Top 25 Best Makeup & Hairstyling Winners To Date

Slowly but surely, we’re coming to the end of the line for this series folks. Yes, this time around I’ll be tackling the last of the technical categories in this series. After this week, it’s all the remaining big eight categories from here on out. This one today is arguably one of the lesser tech categories, but still an interesting one. Which one is it? Well, it’s the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category. This isn’t a particularly prestigious category, but hey…it’s still one worth discussing a bit. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be a bit on the patient side over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center…

This time around, I’m once again going with the ever popular overview route for the discussion as you might have guessed. There’s an extra reason for that too…this category has only been in existence since the 1980’s, so it’s a smaller crop to pull from. Besides that, it really just comes down to taste again here (surprising, I know), with your opinion influencing what sort of winner you’re particularly partial to. It’s pretty much a matter of taste once again for us, which is pretty common for this series. As usual, I know a couple of of my selections here are going to seem a bit on the odd side, especially again when you see how high I ranked certain films, but that’s just the way it is. You can’t please everyone with this sort of a thing, so I won’t lie to myself in order to try.

Once again, I’ll basically just discuss my top ten a bit here now (and remember, there are really only about 35 or so contenders for the 25 spots). To me, the best winner of this category so far to date has been The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The seamless blending of makeup and visual effects still stuns me to this day. It’s just magical in my eyes. That would be far and away my number one selection, but the rest of my top five choices are far from slouches. They are Ed Wood, Men in Black, Planet of the Apes (which technically won a special award before the category truly existed, but it’s my piece, so I’m counting it), and Terminator 2: Judgement Day. All are top notch, and they’re joined in the overall top ten by the likes of The Fly, Harry and the Hendersons, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Mask, and Pan’s Labyrinth. There may not be as much quantity to this particular category, but there sure is some quality on display. No doubt about that whatsoever.

Here now is how I’d rank the 25 top winners of the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar:

25. Mrs. Doubtfire
24. Vice
23. The Nutty Professor
22. Braveheart
21. The Wolfman
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
19. Friday
18. Dallas Buyers Club
17. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
16. Mad Max: Fury Road
15. Dick Tracy
14. An American Werewolf in London
13. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12. Star Trek
11. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
10. Mask
9. The Fly
8. Harry and the Hendersons
7. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
6. Pan’s Labyrinth
5. Men in Black
4. Planet of the Apes
3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2. Ed Wood
1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Honorable Mentions: Beetlejuice, Darkest Hour, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Les Misérables

Stay tuned for another one of these Top 25 installments next week as we continue to wrap up the series!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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