Best Make-Up – 1973

My Nominations: The Exorcist. Live And Let Die. Westworld.

Although there was a surplus of horror movies this year, few of them actually stand out for making advancements in this area. The one that did is of course, The Exorcist – Regan’s transformation to angelic child to spawn of Satan wouldn’t work without the talents of the Make-up team, not to mention the entirely convincing aging work done to Max Von Sydow. Live And Let Die has some nice paint and makeup jobs too on the likes of Baron Samedi and Kananga which are both for show and a specific plot point. Finally, Westworld has some notable makeup and effects works to show the gradual and sudden deterioration of the crush kill destroy bots.

My Winner: The Exorcist.


Best Make-Up – 1970

My Nominations: Beneath The Planet Of The Apes. The Bird With The Crystal Plumage. The Dunwich Horror.

No official category this year, as you well know, so you’ll have to put up with my picks scant as they are. There’s a wealth of crappy to average horror movies this year, The Dunwhich Horror just about scrapes by due to interesting ideas though it’s hackneyed and terribly dated now – decent make-up in places. The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is much better and not as gory and stylized as Argento’s later efforts. While Beneath The Planet Of The Apes doesn’t really advance the work achieved in the early entry in the series, it does offer some mutants as well as the apes, and is still my choice as winner.

My Winner: Beneath The Planet Of The Apes.


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Best Make-Up – 1969

Even with two special Awards in the last few years, the Academy was still not prepared to dedicate a yearly category for those responsible for Make-up. In their defence, it would be another few years until enough films with suitable quality were being regularly released, but lets see what 1969 had to offer.

My Nominations: They Shoot Horses Don’t They. The Wild Bunch. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.

Not a lot to be honest.

My Winner: The Wild Bunch

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Best Make Up – 1968

My Nominations: Planet Of The Apes. Night Of The Living Dead. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

John Chambers won an honorary award for his work on Planet Of The Apes this year, adding fuel to the fire of those who believed a dedicated category and award was deserved. His apes have an all too human look, yet the makeup is flawless and on a huge scale. Not too many of the other movies released in 1968 raised the Make-Up bar or changed the game significantly, but both Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with the nightmarish Child Catcher, and Night Of The Living Dead with its assortment of zombies featuring pasty, yet ultra-effective looks.

My Winner: Planet Of The Apes


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Best Make-Up – 1967

This was another year where the Make-up Category did not exist, so the the below nominations are entirely my own selections.

My Nominations: Beach Red. Bonnie And Clyde. The Fearless Vampire Killers. Frankenstein Create Woman.

Not a stellar year for make-up and there are no obvious standouts or leap forwards when compared with the progress in acting and storytelling seen this year. The various films nominated basically were selected for expanding visual gore and other visceral elements, but none of them are particularly powerful or memorable from that perspective.

My Winner: Frankenstein Created Woman

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Best Make-Up – 1966

As we know, this category was still over a decade away from becoming a reality, but thanks to The Spac Hole we can right that wrong.

My Nominations: Dracula – Prince Of Darkness. Plague Of The Zombies. The Good The Bad And The Ugly. Fantastic Voyage. The Bible. A Man For All Seasons.

My Winner: Plague Of The Zombies


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Best Make-up: 1965

My Nominations: Dr Terror’s House Of Horrors. Planet Of The Vampires. The Greatest Story Ever Told. The Agony And The Ecstasy.

As is standard for this era of films, my Make-Up nominations are split between long forgotten horror and sci-fi movies, and mainstream epics. While the epics here have your typical big budget attention to detail, it is the lower budget Mario Bava effort which excels due to it’s Make-up and effects, and the early Amicus anthology which employs all manner of tricks convincingly to tell a bunch of stories about vampires, werewolves, and hands that crawl and claw and clench.


My Winner: Dr Terror’s House Of Horrors.

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Best Make-up: 1964

Finally, in 1964, an award was presented for the first time in the field of make-up. It may have only been an honorary award, but it was a step in the right direction although it would take a depressing 17 years before the category became official. William J Tuttle had been responsible wholly or in part for the make up in films from the 1930s to the 1970s- if you haven’t heard his name then I’m sure you’re familiar with his work- The Wizard Of Oz, The Red Badge Of Courage, Singin’ In The Rain, The Prisoner Of Zenda, 7 Brides For 7 Brothers, Forbidden Planet, North By Northwest, The Time Machine, The Twilight Zone, Young Frankenstein to name a very few. His award for 7 Faces of Dr. Lao is justified and deserved in itself, but gives thanks to one of the greatest undervalued careers in Hollywood.

My Nominations: 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao. The Fall Of The Roman Empire. Goldfinger. The Flesh Eaters. Onibaba. Zulu. The Masque Of The Red Death.

A mix of horror, action, and epics make up my picks this year. Zulu and The Fall Of The Roman Empire are obvious choices given the scale and dedication involved, while Goldfinger continues the trend of strong work for Bond films. Onibaba is made all the more flesh-crawling due to the subtle make-up- it’s so subtle I don’t even know who the make-up artist was. The Masque Of The Red Death and The Flesh Eaters go for a more visceral approach and while both relatively low budget, they show a supreme mastery of the craft and ability to make the craft a vital part of the production. My Winner though has to be 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao as it is genuinely revolutionary. There are techniques and sights on display here that were new, and others brought to the tip of their power, but it is the diversity and invention which overshadows the other nominees and shows a great man going wild with his art.

My Winner: 7 Faces Of Dr. Lao.

Best Make Up: 1963

There was no official award for Best Make Up this year so I have made my own selections.

My Nominations: Jason And The Argonauts. Cleopatra. The Birds. The Comedy Of Terrors

Jason And The Argonauts is most commonly, and unsurprisingly, remembered mostly for Harryhausen’s groundbreaking special effects, but a fair amount of work went into the Make-up too. Cleopatra obviously has stellar work in all departments, Make-Up included (Alberto De Rossi, Vivienne Walker, Robert J Schiffer), while The Birds uses Make-Up effectively in a few scenes to heighten the fear in the aftermath of recurring attacks (Virginia Darcy, Howard Smit). Finally, The Comedy Of Terrors employs a variety of well worn and innovative techniques thanks to Betty Pedettri, Carlie Taylor, and Verne Langdon.

My Winner: Jason And The Argonauts.

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Best Make Up: 1962

My Nominations: Lawrence Of Arabia. The Amphibian Man. The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm. Dr No. To Kill A Mockingbird. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

Once again, there was no award for Make-Up this year, so it’s time to right that wrong by praising some of the great work done by the artists in 1962. Charles E Parker and A.G.Scott dealt with a huge cast on Lawrence Of Arabia and ensured as much authenticity as Hollywood would allow. Parker was known for make-up on some of the biggest movies ever made – Ben Hur, 2001, Star Wars etc, while Scott was a stylist on many big films from the 40s to the 70s. The Amphibian Man is a movie no-one remembers, and I have no idea who did the make-up, but it’s pretty cool. If any film deserved to be the first official winner for this project, it’s The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm. William Tuttle does his stuff again, having previously done make-up for every film ever made. Sydney Guilaroff spiced up the hair and has a mere 416 credits to his name from the 30s to 1989. Dr No has some good work too, thanks to John O’Gorman and Eileen Warwick.  Bud Westmore, Frank Prehoda, Larry Germain, and Lavaughn Speer do the make-up on Mockingbird while Baby Jane had Jack Obringer and a host of others adding to the crumbling veneer.

My Winner: The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm.