Lead Makeup Os­car Contenders 'Hack­saw Ridge,' 'Star Trek,'

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The Academy's makeup and hairstyling branch is dif­fi­cult to peg down. Of all the var­i­ous branches, its mem­bers of­ten seem the most un­in­ter­ested in a film's crit­i­cal or box of­fice suc­cess. Movies like "The Lone Ranger," "Nor­bit," "Click" and "The Time Ma­chine" have scored nominations in the past, re­gard­less of be­ing per­ceived as cre­ative fail­ures other­wise. Not only that, but this is a branch that can drag hid­den contenders into the light. Look at movies like "The 100-YearOld Man Who Climbed Out the Win­dow and Dis­ap­peared," or "Il Divo," which went on to out-of-the-blue nominations.

So it can make for an ex­cit­ing race. How do things ap­pear to be shap­ing up this year? One film has stood out con­sid­er­ably in the field since hit­ting the­aters over the sum­mer: "Star Trek Be­yond." Once again fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of alien de­signs, it would be a bit of a sur­prise if it fell off, par­tic­u­larly with the work done to ac­tor Idris Elba, com­pletely cov­ered in pros­thet­ics as the film's an­tag­o­nist. Then again, the last film in the fran­chise, "Star Trek Into Dark­ness," missed the cut. Re­lated Os­car Pre­dic­tions: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Speak­ing of pros­thet­ics on stars, Ryan Reynolds sports gnarly burn pat­terns and scar­ring in Fox's box of­fice smash "Dead­pool." The film isn't ex­actly an Os­car con­tender be­sides (though the Hol­ly­wood For­eign Press Assn. sure took a shine to it), but this arena makes the most sense for recog­ni­tion. Fun fact: Ev­ery sin­gle Mel Gib­son-di­rected film has been nom­i­nated in this cat­e­gory ex­cept one. And in­ter­est­ingly enough, the one that missed-his 1993 de­but "The Man With­out a Face"-fea­tured a heavy makeup com­po­nent. That's not nec­es­sar­ily rea­son enough to as­sume "Hack­saw Ridge" is poised for a spot, but it's note­wor­thy.

Bake­off contenders

The film boasts an ar­ray of grue­some war in­juries that only add to the har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Of­ten the branch can zero in on pe­riod-spe­cific hair de­sign and de­tail. Mem­bers have a num­ber of films to choose from this year in that re­gard, from "Rules Don't Ap­ply" and "Florence Foster Jenk­ins," to "Hid­den Fig­ures" and "Love & Friend­ship." The most likely of them to stand out is "Jackie," which el­e­gantly brings Jac­que­line Kennedy to the big screen. Another pe­riod piece to keep an eye on is the Coen broth­ers' "Hail, Cae­sar!" The 1950s Hol­ly­wood throw­back in­volves a fair share of era-spe­cific work, but also ex­am­ples of movie-set makeup for cer­tain back­lot se­quences.

It's a film that shouldn't be counted out in the crafts cat­e­gories across the board, to be hon­est. Re­lated 'Si­lence,' 'La La Land,' 'Pas­sen­gers' Among Pro­duc­tion De­sign Os­car Contenders A few other ac­tors be­sides Elba and Reynolds had their dash­ing good looks futzed with by makeup artists this year. Aaron Eck­hart, in ad­di­tion to putting on weight for "Bleed for This," saw his hair­line scooted back quite a bit. Ditto Matthew McConaughey in "Gold." The prac­ti­cal el­e­ments of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" or "Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them" could cer­tainly find love. The work done on Ruth Negga and par­tic­u­larly Joel Edger­ton in "Lov­ing" may get some re­spect, too.

And you shouldn't un­der­es­ti­mate the best pic­ture heavy"La La Land"-in any cat­e­gory. But what com­pletely un­ex­pected con­tender is lurk­ing? "Sui­cide Squad," with Jared Leto's Joker and Mar­got Rob­bie's Har­ley Quinn de­signs lead­ing the way? How about some­thing like Mat­teo Gar­rone's fan­tasy film "Tale of Tales?" Per­haps "Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals" could show up? There are some bru­tal in­jury ef­fects in "Green Room," as well as some gross dead-guy stuff in "Swiss Army Man." "Pride and Prej­u­dice and Zom­bies?" "The Neon De­mon?" "The Hand­maiden?" You could throw just about any­thing up against the wall. We'll see what's left of the field af­ter the Academy nar­rows the cat­e­gory down to seven bake­off contenders next week.

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