Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded 1981
Currently held by Damian Martin
Lesley Vanderwalt
Elka Wardega
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
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The Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling is the Academy Award given to the best achievement in makeup and hair-styling for film. Usually, only three films are nominated each year rather than five as in most categories. The exception is in the early 1980s as well as 2002, when there were only two nominees; and in 1999, when there were four nominees.

The competitive category was created in 1981 as the Academy Award for Best Makeup, after the Academy received complaints that the make-up work in The Elephant Man (1980) was not going to be honored. Although no award was given to The Elephant Man, an entire category dedicated to honoring make-up effects in film was created for subsequent ceremonies. Previously, make-up artists were only eligible for special achievement awards for their work.

This is one of the categories with different stages of nominating. There is a preliminary list of nominees after they are screened by the members of the branch and then they choose from the pre-nominees what the final nominees will be. Then the whole membership of the academy votes on the winner.

In 2012, the category was given its current name for use in the 85th Academy Awards and onward.[1][2] Makeup artist Rick Baker holds the record for both most wins and most nominations for this award.

Multiple awards and nominations

Multiple awards




Multiple nominations








Special Achievement Awards

Before 1981, Special Achievement Oscars were twice awarded to makeup artists for their work on a specific film:


Starting in 1993, the award is to be shared with hairstylists if hair effects "contribute greatly to the appearance and effect of the characters".[4]

Winners and nominees

In the following table, the years are listed as per Academy convention, and generally correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are always held the following year. Films in dark blue background have received a Special/Honorary Award; those in yellow background have won a regular Academy Award of Merit.

  Special/Honorary Award winner (1964–81)
  Academy Award of Merit winner (1982–present)


Year Film Makeup artist(s)
7 Faces of Dr. Lao William J. Tuttle
Planet of the Apes John Chambers


Year Film Makeup artist(s)
An American Werewolf in London Rick Baker
Heartbeeps Stan Winston
Quest for Fire Sarah Monzani and Michèle Burke
Gandhi Tom Smith
No award given
Amadeus Paul LeBlanc and Dick Smith
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes Rick Baker and Paul Engelen
2010 Michael Westmore
Mask Michael Westmore and Zoltan Elek
The Color Purple Ken Chase
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins Carl Fullerton
The Fly Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis
The Clan of the Cave Bear Michael Westmore and Michèle Burke
Legend Rob Bottin and Peter Robb-King
Harry and the Hendersons Rick Baker
Happy New Year Bob Laden
Beetlejuice Ve Neill, Steve La Porte, and Robert Short
Coming to America Rick Baker
Scrooged Thomas R. Burman and Bari Dreiband-Burman
Driving Miss Daisy Manlio Rocchetti, Lynn Barber, and Kevin Haney
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Maggie Weston and Fabrizio Sforza
Dad Dick Smith, Ken Diaz, and Greg Nelson


Year Film Makeup artist(s)
Dick Tracy John Caglione, Jr. and Doug Drexler
Cyrano de Bergerac Michèle Burke and Jean-Pierre Eychenne
Edward Scissorhands Ve Neill and Stan Winston
Terminator 2: Judgment Day Stan Winston and Jeff Dawn
Hook Christina Smith, Monty Westmore, and Greg Cannom
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Michael Mills, Edward French, and Richard Snell
Bram Stoker's Dracula Greg Cannom, Michèle Burke, and Matthew W. Mungle
Batman Returns Ve Neill, Ronnie Specter, and Stan Winston
Hoffa Ve Neill, Greg Cannom, and John Blake
Mrs. Doubtfire Greg Cannom, Ve Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng
Philadelphia Carl Fullerton and Alan D'Angerio
Schindler's List Christina Smith, Matthew Mungle, and Judy Alexander Cory
Ed Wood Rick Baker, Ve Neill, and Yolanda Toussieng
Forrest Gump Daniel C. Striepeke, Hallie D'Amore, and Judith A. Cory
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Daniel Parker, Paul Engelen, and Carol Hemming
Braveheart Peter Frampton, Paul Pattison, and Lois Burwell
My Family, Mi Familia Ken Diaz and Mark Sanchez
Roommates Greg Cannom, Bob Laden, and Colleen Callaghan
The Nutty Professor Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson
Ghosts of Mississippi Matthew W. Mungle and Deborah La Mia Denaver
Star Trek: First Contact Michael Westmore, Scott Wheeler, and Jake Garber
Men in Black Rick Baker and David LeRoy Anderson
Mrs. Brown Lisa Westcott, Veronica Brebner, and Beverley Binda
Titanic Tina Earnshaw, Greg Cannom, and Simon Thompson
Elizabeth Jenny Shircore
Saving Private Ryan Lois Burwell, Conor O'Sullivan, and Daniel C. Striepeke
Shakespeare in Love Lisa Westcott and Veronica Brebner
Topsy-Turvy Christine Blundell and Trefor Proud
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Michèle Burke and Mike Smithson
Bicentennial Man Greg Cannom
Life Rick Baker


Year Film Makeup artist(s)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Rick Baker and Gail Ryan
The Cell Michèle Burke and Edouard F. Henriques
Shadow of the Vampire Ann Buchanan and Amber Sibley
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Peter Owen and Richard Taylor
A Beautiful Mind Greg Cannom and Colleen Callaghan
Moulin Rouge! Maurizio Silvi and Aldo Signoretti
Frida John E. Jackson and Beatrice De Alba
The Time Machine John M. Elliott, Jr. and Barbara Lorenz
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Richard Taylor and Peter King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Edouard F. Henriques and Yolanda Toussieng
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Ve Neill and Martin Samuel
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Valli O'Reilly and Bill Corso
The Passion of the Christ Keith VanderLaan and Christien Tinsley
The Sea Inside Jo Allen and Manuel García
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Howard Berger and Tami Lane
Cinderella Man David Leroy Anderson and Lance Anderson
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith Dave Elsey and Nikki Gooley
Pan's Labyrinth David Martí and Montse Ribé
Apocalypto Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
Click Kazuhiro Tsuji and Bill Corso
La Vie en Rose Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
Norbit Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Ve Neill and Martin Samuel
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O'Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz
Star Trek Barney Burman, Mindy Hall, and Joel Harlow
Il Divo Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
The Young Victoria Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore


Year Film Makeup artist(s)
The Wolfman Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
Barney's Version Adrien Morot
The Way Back Gregory Funk, Edouard F. Henriques, and Yolanda Toussieng
The Iron Lady Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
Albert Nobbs Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, and Lisa Tomblin
Les Misérables Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Hitchcock Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater, and Tami Lane
Dallas Buyers Club Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier
Foxcatcher Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
Guardians of the Galaxy Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White
Mad Max: Fury Road Damian Martin, Lesley Vanderwalt, and Elka Wardega
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
The Revenant Siân Grigg, Duncan Jarman, and Robert Pandini


For this Academy Award category, the following superlatives emerge:[6]

Baker is the category's first honoree after he won for his work in An American Werewolf in London (1981).

See also


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