Know Your 2017 Oscar Nominees: Makeup & Hairstyling

Our Oscars coverage this year has gone big. Our annual "Know Your Nominee" series will once again touch upon every category, giving you the information you need to conquer your Oscars pool. Learn more about the nominees for Lead ActorForeign Language FilmCostume DesignersDocumentary ShortEditingLive Action Short and Actress in a Supporting Role. Check back with us as we go deep on all the rest. In addition to the series, this year we've created a special look at the awards—The Road to the Oscars. Click on the image below to learn more about this year's crop of Oscar nominated films and filmmakers, and the effect their contributions have had on the country at large.

This year’s makeup and hairstyling nominees span every setting and character imaginable, from an elderly man in Sweden to space aliens to comic book villains brought to life. The Makeup and Hairstyling category is notorious for offering nominations to films that might otherwise go unnoticed by the Academy– action, fantasy or science fiction films especially. A Man Called Ove is the exception this year, with both an elderly Swedish man as the lead and another Oscar nomination under its belt.

A Man Called Ove — Eva von Bahr and Love Larson

Ove (Rolf Lassgård) has been dubbed the “Nordic George Bailey,” and the darkly comedic film follows the man’s reflection on his life after his wife dies, he loses his job and the rest of the world crumbles around him. The film is also a strong contender in the Foreign Language Film category and at $3.3 million, it was the highest-grossing foreign language film in 2016.

This marks the second nomination for both von Bahr and Larson– the two were both nominated in the same category last year for their makeup and hairstyling work on the Swedish film The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Ove was nominated in large part for  Lassgård’s transformation. The actor was 59 at the time, though von Bahr and Larson made him appear exhausted and much older.

Star Trek Beyond — Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo

Star Trek Beyond continues the success of the franchise’s 2009 reboot, starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Captain Kirk and Spock, respectively. While exploring the unchartered depths of space, the crew must defeat new villain Krall (Idris Elba).

This is Alonzo’s first nomination. Harlow previously won in 2010 for his work on Star Trek and was nominated in 2014 for The Lone Ranger. Out of a total fifteen nominations for Star Trek films since 1980, Harlow’s 2010 makeup achievement– along with Barney Burman and Mindy Hall– was the franchise’s only win.

The Star Trek Beyond makeup team created intricate looks for 56 different alien races, including that of Sofia Boutella’s Jaylah and Elba’s Krall.

Suicide Squad — Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson

To bring to life the love-to-hate-them antiheroes of the DC Comics franchise, Bertolazzi designed the hair and makeup, Gregorini served as the wig supervisor and Nelson spearheaded the Killer Croc makeup effects. This marks the first Oscar nomination for all three, though Nelson has two Emmys under his belt for his work on makeup and prosthetics for American Horror Story.

Suicide Squad might be the most easily recognized nominee of this year’s three– from Cara Delevigne’s wicked Enchantress to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Heavily-prosthetized Killer Croc to Diablo’s (Jay Hernandez) skeletal tattoos and, of course, the iconic Joker (Jared Leto) and Harley Quinn (Margo Robbie) that inspired an endless slew of online makeup tutorials and Halloween costumes.


Hannah Yasharoff

Hannah Yasharoff is a journalism major at the University of Maryland. She was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. You can follow her on Twitter: @HannahYasharoff