Oscars Week: Costume, Hair, and Makeup

Today is our first post where we’ve combined categories; somewhere around the middle of the ceremony, after viewers have been hooked by the host’s monologue, and the first big win of the night (for supporting actor or actress), the ceremony gets bogged down by technical awards and tributes. For the sake of our sanity, and yours, some categories have been combined, starting with Achievement in Costume Design and Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

Period pieces are often assumed a guaranteed win for both, but this year sees at least two (CarolThe Danish Girl), in addition to Mad Max, a film set in a dystopian universe with no rules for its characters or its appearance.

And the nominees for Best Costume are:


  • Carol
  • Cinderella
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant



I think it’s fair to assume that The Danish GirlThe Revenant (that pelt!), or Mad Max will easily win. Similarly, the costumes in Cinderella were grand, beautiful, and thoughtful. Cinderella’s iconic blue gown honored its inspiration while existing as an entirely new frock. Still, I’d love to see Carol win Best Costume. Everyone about Carol was impeccable, transporting the audience into its universe, and the costumes were no less helpful than the cast’s performances.

And the nominees for Makeup/Hair are…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared
  • The Revenant

Tom Hardy’s lack of hair, and its stringy remains are impressive (and plot-relevant), but Mad Max: Fury Road is more satisfying, creatively. And someone must be honored for Furiosa’s makeup: despite the heat and the sweat, the black grease remained, and never melted into her corneas.

Make sure to check out all of our Oscars Week picks!

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