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Superheroes, Birthmarks and Cheekbones Face Off In Oscar's Make-Up Shortlist

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | December 16, 2014 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | December 16, 2014 |

Make-Up is the Oscar category where the Academy can let their hair down, pull that esoteric stick out of their ass, and show some love to lower brow fare. Past contenders for Best Achievement in Make-Up have included Eddie Murphy’s fat-suit-centered Norbit, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Well, this year’s list of potential nominees offers a collision of critically heralded Best Picture frontrunners and mainstream box office behemoths.

Variety reveals the seven films that will now be fighting for the five slots for the Best Make-Up Oscar. And we’re GIFfing out over them below.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for much monster make-up including mutated Harry Orsborn.

Foxcatcher for Steve Carell’s new face.

The Grand Budapest Hotel for much mustaches and this Mexico-shaped birthmark.

Guardians of the Galaxy for many out of this world looks including the green and glamorous Gamora.

Maleficent for making a cartoon character come to life.

Noah for…hair?

The Theory of Everything for tranforming Eddie Redmayne into Stephen Hawking across time.

It’s a fun category that’s bringing together films that demanded very different uses of make-up. But surprisingly absent from this list of could-be Oscar nominees are The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (perhaps this franchise has gotten old to the Academy), Into The Woods (we’re assuming the nonsense that is Johnny Depp’s “wolf” got them DQed), Get On Up (no love for the hardest working man in show business), and Unbroken (Angie’s face gets love, not her films).

The official nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced on January 15th, with the ceremony following on February 22nd.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.