2018 Precursor Predictions: Make-Up Artists Guild

The Hollywood Make-Up and Hair-Stylists Guild is one of the newest groups handing out awards and they haven’t been able to generate any kind of pattern in terms of their predictability. Having five categories that could match might help a little.


Best Period and/or Character Make-up

Bohemian Rhapsody (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)
Mary Poppins Returns (RU:Peter)
Mary Queen of Scots (Peter, RU:Thomas)
Stan & Ollie
Vice (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Wesley Lovell: This award is not typically granted to prosthetic makeup, which makes it a bit of a challenge to predict. Bohemian Rhapsody, not nominated at the Oscars and not nominated in their prosthetic category here would be a good bet for an upset, but if they go gaga for Oscar nominee Vice, they could give it a prize here. Of course, any of the others could win and I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
Peter J. Patrick: Both Marys had a lot of period character – one or the other should be rewarded.
Tripp Burton: Oscar frontrunner Vice should win a precursor here, unless the love of Bohemian Rhapsody is really strong.
Thomas LaTourette: Vice has the most striking make-up, so I think it should win here.

Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling

Black Panther (Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots (Wesley, Peter, Thomas, RU:Tripp)

Wesley Lovell: Hair Styling is one of those categories that are ostensibly covered by the Oscars, but are seldom recognized, so predicting the winner here will be tough. I’m going with Mary Queen of Scots because you definitely notice the hair styles, though any of the others could also win.
Peter J. Patrick: We’ve get lots of beautifully styled hair, we do, in both Mary Queen of Scots and Black Panther. Give it to one of them.
Tripp Burton: Will this be the Oscar nominee or the biggest film of the year? It’s a coin flip.
Thomas LaTourette: The hairstyling in Mary Queen of Scots was well done, though it showcased some odd styles. It seems the likely winner.

Best Special Make-up Effects

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (RU:Peter)
Black Panther (Thomas)
Stan & Ollie (Peter, RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)
Vice (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Wesley Lovell: I’m going with the Oscar frontrunner here, Vice, with any of the non-nominees having an outside chance.
Peter J. Patrick: The movements of multiple characters in makeup are fascinating to watch in both Stan & Ollie and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
Tripp Burton: The battle of the fat suits should go in favor of the Oscar nominee.
Thomas LaTourette: It seems that Black Panther might win here, but it has serious competition from Vice.

Best Contemporary Make-up

Beautiful Boy
Boy Erased
Crazy Rich Asians (Wesley, Peter, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)
A Star Is Born (Tripp, RU:Wesley)
Welcome to Marwen (Thomas)
Widows (RU:Peter)

Wesley Lovell: None of these contemporary productions have a lot of compelling makeup use, which leads me to think that the glamour of Crazy Rich Asians will win out.
Peter J. Patrick: I have no idea, but Crazy Rich Asians‘ makeup was flawless.
Tripp Burton: A Star is Born and Crazy Rich Asians are the flashiest nominees here, and I see one of them winning.
Thomas LaTourette: Welcome to Marwen may have the most distinctive make-up, so it probably should win. Otherwise Crazy Rich Asians should take it.

Best Contemporary Hair Styling

Crazy Rich Asians (Wesley, Peter, Thomas, RU:Tripp)
Nappily Ever After
A Star Is Born
Vox Lux (Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)
Widows (RU:Peter)

Wesley Lovell: I almost dittoed my comment for makeup here, but then if you look at movies like Crazy Rich Asians and you see some stellar hair styling and Vox Lux just has some unusual designs that could pay off for it.
Peter J. Patrick: Again, I’ll predict the flawlessness of the Crazy Rich Asians’ artisans.
Tripp Burton: I’m going on a limb and saying the glam rock of Vox Lux wins here, but Crazy Rich Asians could sweep here too.
Thomas LaTourette: Crazy Rich Asians feels like the likely winner.

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