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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions Makeup and Hairstyling

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Makeup and Hairstyling

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Oscar 2018 Winner Predictions: Makeup and Hairstyling

What a difference 365 days make. Last year, the makeup and hairstyling category legitimized the phrase “the Oscar-winning Suicide Squad.” Now, the category’s second Trump-era Academy Awards slate is dominated by fusty prestige pictures, and to an extent that we haven’t seen since 1998, when Elizabeth bested Shakespeare In Love. In the midst of a four-alarm idiocracy, any move toward respectability, no matter how hollow, has to be commended.

Stephen Frears’s Victoria & Abdul, with Judi Dench, Gets U.S. Trailer and Poster

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Stephen Frears’s Victoria & Abdul, with Judi Dench, Gets U.S. Trailer and Poster

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Stephen Frears’s Victoria & Abdul, with Judi Dench, Gets U.S. Trailer and Poster

In Stephen Frears’s latest, Victoria & Abdul, Academy Award winner Judi Dench stars as Queen Victoria. The film traces the relationship that develops between the royal and a young clerk, Abdul Karin (Ali Fazal), in India during the Golden Jubilee, which was celebrated on June 20, 1887, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the queen’s accession to the throne. During the celebration, a grand banquet to which 50 European kings and princes were invited, the queen questions the constrictions of her position, and as her relationship with Abdul deepens, she begins to see the world anew.