Oscars 2019 Predictions – Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design

In today’s Oscar prediction post, we take a look at two technical categories that have always been closely linked.

89th Annual Academy Awards - Backstage

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Will win: Vice
Should win:
Vice
Also nominated: Border, Mary Queen of Scots

Christian Bale has undergone a lot of transformations over the years for the sake of his craft, but none are as impressive as his metamorphosis into the much maligned former-Vice President Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s Vice. What Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney have achieved here is truly remarkable. They have allowed Bale, Sam Rockwell (as President George W. Bush), Amy Adams (as Lynne Cheney), Steve Carell (as Donald Rumsfeld) et al. to utterly inhabit and become their characters in what is undoubtedly some of the best makeup and hairstyling work that has been seen in recent years.

Vice

Christian Bale undergoes a total transformation in Vice. Unrecognisable as himself, he is instantly recognisable as the menacing Dick Cheney.

Best Costume Design

Will win: The Favourite
Should win: 
The Favourite
Also nominated: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Black Panther, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots

Sandy Powell is no stranger to the Academy Awards. She already has three to her name and has even been nominated twice in this category this year, which is great testament to her dominance in this field. However, that’s not to say she doesn’t face tough opposition; Ruth E. Carter’s costumes for Black Panther have become iconic since the film hit our screens, and there’s a powerful opulence about Alexandra Byrne’s work on Mary Queen of Scots. But there is no competing against the glorious, extravagant Sandy Powell creations that can be seen in The Favourite.

The Favourite

Sandy Powell’s work on The Favourite is hotly tipped to pick up an Academy Award later this month.

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