Oscar’s makeup category has been kind to hobbits, men in black, extraterrestrials, and the critters of Narnia, but it is not uncommon for voters to extol the comparative restraint of Frida Kahlo’s unibrow and Cate Blanchett’s pasty Elizabethian face. A six-time winner in this category, Rick Baker shares the 11th Oscar nomination of his career with Kazuhiro Tsuji, for a film that was widely blamed for Eddie Murphy losing the Supporting Actor trophy last year to Alan Arkin’s coke-snorting corpse. More shameful films than Norbit have been nominated for this award, like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, which seems unlikely to secure a win the same year Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald transformed the gorgeous Marion Cotillard from this to this to, finally, this.
Will Win: La Vie en Rose
Should Win: La Vie en Rose