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The Top 25 Best Makeup & Hairstyling Winners So Far (So Far)

I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day yesterday! Now, since it’s Monday, it’s time to get back to this series. 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 The Eyes of Tammy Faye rank, coming on the heels of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom the year prior? 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. Vice
24. The Nutty Professor
23. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
22. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
21. Dallas Buyers Club
20. The Wolfman
19. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
18. An American Werewolf in London
17. Mrs. Doubtfire
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, Braveheart, Darkest Hour, Frida, The Grand Budapest Hotel, 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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1 year ago

Another fun one with a lot of range of what you’re looking for.
My top 25
1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
2. La Vie en Rose
3. The Eyes of Tammy Faye
4. Quest For Fire
5. The Wolfman
6. Dick Tracy
7. Planet of the Apes
8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
11. Amadeus
12. The Fly
13. Frida
14. Ed Wood
15. Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events
16. The Iron Lady
17. An American Warewolf In London
18. Mask
19. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
20. Beetlejuice
21. The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion , The Witch and The Wardrobe
22. Bombshell
23. Dallas Buyers Club
24. The Nutty Professor
25. Vice

HM Topsy – Turvey , Star Trek

1 year ago
Reply to  Joey Magidson

I feel like Benjamin Button is a little underrated. It’s one of my favorite movies.



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