On December 21, the Academy will reveal the shortlist of 10 contenders who will be eligible to compete for a nomination for Makeup and Hairstyling. Last year, The Eyes of Tammy Faye took this home with its star Jessica Chastain winning Best Actress. This category, especially when involving significant prosthetics and transformations, has had a very healthy relationship with Oscars’ lead acting categories, which also includes Dallas Buyers Club (Matthew McConaughey), Darkest Hour (Gary Oldman), and The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep). This year has a clear leader in The Whale, with Brendan Fraser as the Best Actor frontrunner.
But The Whale isn’t the only prosthetics-heavy contender, we’ll also have The Batman with Colin Farrell’s Penguin, Elvis with layers of makeup and fat suit on Tom Hanks and possibly the transformational work in Blonde with Ana de Armas in turning her into Marilyn Monroe.
Here are my 2023 Oscar predictions in Makeup and Hairstyling for October.
1. The Whale (A24)
2. The Batman (Warner Bros)
3. Elvis (Warner Bros)
4. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Marvel Studios)
5. All Quiet on the Western Front (Netflix)
6. Everything Everywhere All at Once (A24)
7. Blonde (Netflix)
8. Babylon (Paramount Pictures)
9. Three Thousand Years of Longing (MGM)
10. Till (UAR/Orion Pictures)
Other contenders (alphabetical)
Bones & All (UAR)
Crimes of the Future (NEON)
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Marvel Studios)
The Fabelmans (Universal Pictures)
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Columbia Pictures)
The Northman (Focus Features)
RRR (Variance Films)
Thor: Love and Thunder (Marvel Studios)
The Woman King (Tri-Star)