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The Top 25 Best Makeup & Hairstyling Winners So Far

Happy Monday! Continuing a tradition I’ve been keen on for years, I’m ranking the new crop of Academy Award winners. For nearly all of the Oscar categories, you’ll see me list the top 25 recipients of that prize. Sometimes, our newest winner will appear. Other times, they’ll be relegated to the Honorable Mention category. Who knows, maybe one or two won’t even make the cut? It’s a list series that I’ll do each and every single year, in the weeks after the ceremony concludes. So, while this is a fun way to think about the Oscars in the aftermath of the latest telecast, it’s also a beginning for another column here on the site. Of course, definitely show us your own lists as well, in the comments section below. We’re definitely keen to know what you think!

This week, it’s the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Academy Award category in the barrel. This particular Oscar field can often feel like it’s rewarding “most” as opposed to “best,” though what you’ll see below are certainly the cream of the crop. Lately, some of the visual transformations that have been achieved are incredible. Bombshell literally made Charlize Theron into Megyn Kelly, for example. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button obviously is another huge example of what these masters are capable of. Where does the most recent winner in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom rank? You’ll just have to read on and find out for yourself…

Here are what I consider to be the 25 best winners of the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Oscar, to date:

25. Braveheart
24. Vice
23. The Nutty Professor
22. Dallas Buyers Club
21. The Wolfman
20. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
19. An American Werewolf in London
18. Mrs. Doubtfire
17. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
16. Mad Max: Fury Road
15. Dick Tracy
14. Bombshell
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, Frida, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Les Misérables, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): (L to R) Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Colman Domingo as Cutler, Viola Davis as Ma Rainey, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, and Glynn Turman as Toldeo. Cr. David Lee / Netflix

Stay tuned for another list early on next week!

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Written by Joey Magidson

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