Thursday Movie Picks Oscars Winners Edition: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s the first Thursday of the month which means it is time for our Oscars Winners Edition. Today we’re going to cover best costume design as well as best makeup and hairstyling. I bring you three picks for each!

#1 Roman Holiday

I absolutely adore Audrey Hepburn, but she’s not the shining star we need to talk about right now. Responsible for the costume design on Roman Holiday was Edith Head. That woman is an absolute legend. She won this particular Academy Award a total of eight time and was nominated 35 times. Honestly, every single costume I’ve ever seen of her is absolutely stunning!

#2 Marie Antoinette

Milena Canonero took care of the mesmerizing and memorable costume for Marie Antoinette. I watched the movie years ago and literally the only thing I remember about it are the stunning outfits, so it was definitely a deserved win! By the way, she already has 4 wins!

#3 Grand Budapest Hotel

I wasn’t quite as over the moon with this movie as apparently everybody else was, but I did love the costumes. Grand Budapest Hotel is absolutely amazing visually and the costumes (also by Milena Canonero) are a huge part of that.

#1 Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice is definitely famous for serving some iconic looks. Ve Neill, Steve La Porte, and Robert Short took care of makeup and hair which is definitely what makes this movie so memorable!

#2 An American Werewolf in London

When I do these Academy Award winners lists I always browse the Wikipedia lists and end up surprised with all the movies that won at some point. This is a great example for that. I had no idea An American Werewolf in London got this one (owing to Rick Baker) but it’s definitely a deserved win.

#3 How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Speaking of Rick Baker, together with Gail Ryan he won another award for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Jim Carrey’s look in this film is nothing short of iconic!

What’s your favorite winner for best costumes or makeup/hair? Let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks Oscars Winners Edition: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  1. Oooh we match on a couple of these! And how did I not know that Roman Holiday won the Oscar for best costumes?? Ahh! The Grinch! Not fond of the movie itself but the makeup was amazing.

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  2. My very first thought for this was An American Werewolf in London but I’d used it previously! As someone who is not a scare fan at all I can honestly say that’s a terrific movie. It’s not reliant on the truly amazing makeup because you buy into to those characters and integrates the shocks seamlessly.

    I don’t recall anything special about Roman Holiday’s costuming beside how sharp Gregory Peck looked in his suit, the man could wear clothes well, but yes Edith Head was justly celebrated throughout her career.

    I wasn’t a fan of this version of Marie Antoinette and have only vague memories of it but the clothes are one thing that stood out. Funnily enough another of my first thoughts when I saw the theme was the 30’s version of her story with Norma Shearer as the ill-fated queen, it’s a pageant of one phenomenal costume after another and I was sure it would have been a winner but the award wasn’t created until the late 40’s.

    I don’t recall much about Grand Budapest outside of some truly amazing hair but it’s been a while since I’ve seen it.

    Beetlejuice is the kind of movie that these awards were created for. Keaton’s performance is fantastic but his makeup certainly adds another element.

    A live version of The Grinch always struck me as a terrible idea so I gave the movie the skip.

    I focused on the costume award this time out with three that span decades but all that were deserving of their wins.

    Les Girls (1957)-Lady Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) writes a memoir of her time as a dancer in the Les Girl troupe headed by Barry Nichols (Gene Kelly). Upon publication she is sued for libel by Angele Ducros (Taina Elg) who along with Joy Henderson (Mitzi Gaynor) was also in the group. As the story unfolds Rashomon style it raises questions of what the truth is as both women and Barry present their versions all set to the music of Cole Porter. Nominated for three Oscars (Costume Design, Art Direction and Sound) this won Orry-Kelly the second of his three Oscars (out of four nominations) for his dazzling and stylish work.

    Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)-Chronicle of the rapid rise of Anne Boleyn (Genevieve Bujold) to become Henry VIII’s (Richard Burton) second queen, nearly tearing the English Kingdom apart in the process and equally precipitous fall. Beautifully appointed and fiercely acted by the leads this received 9 other Oscar nominations (Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Score and Sound Mixing) besides Margaret Furse’s (her only prize out of 6 nominations) well deserved win for Costume Design for her elaborately intricate costumes which inform and enrich the characters rather than just being wardrobe.

    Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)-Sydney based drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) accepts a gig in far off Alice Springs inviting fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to tag along. Decked out in one jaw dropping ensemble after another the trio undertake an odyssey across the Australian Outback in their lavender bus, Priscilla encountering both friend and foe along the way. Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner won the film’s sole nomination for their memorably over the top costume designs with Gardiner creating a sensation by accepting the award in a dress made entirely of expired American Express cards.

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  3. Qi love your pics even though I have not seen Marie Antoinette or American Werewolf which I do want to see now. It was the first win in this category. I love Budapest which I find so funny…Ralph Fiennes is hilarious. Roman Holiday is divine andHepburn is perfect as the young princess. The ending is heartbreaking. Beetlejuice is hilarious and I do love the make up done on everyone. I am not a fan of this Grinch but the makeup is excellent. It does show what actors have to deal with when they have to spend hours in a make up chair before they even step foot on the set.

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