The first round of Oscar nomination voting will take place from January 12 to January 17, 2023, with the official Oscar nominations announced on January 24, 2023. The 95th Oscar telecast will be broadcast on Sunday, March 12 and air live on ABC at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.
See our initial predictions for what to anticipate at the 95th Academy Awards here.
The Race's State
The Oscar winners "Elvis," "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," and "The Whale" were announced on February 11 at the 10th annual MUAHS Guild Awards (held at the Beverly Hilton).
"Elvis" won for period/character makeup and period hairstyling/character hairstyling; "Wakanda Forever" won for contemporary hairstyling; and "The Whale" won special makeup effects. "EEAAO," which was overlooked by the Academy, was awarded the contemporary makeup award. Angela Bassett (Best Supporting Actress nominee for "Wakanda Forever") was awarded the Distinguished Artisan Award.
The other two MUAHS Oscar nominees are "The Batman" and "All Quiet on the Western Front," the best picture nominee and the best international feature nominee from Germany, which did not qualify for the guild submission.
The results add to the three-way Oscar contest between "Elvis," "The Whale," and "Wakanda Forever." Both "Elvis" and "The Whale" have impressive character performances around their Best Actor nominees, including Austin Butler as Presley in the ferocious Baz Luhrmann musical biography, and Brendan Fraser as Darren Aronofsky's gruesome drama about a 600-pound online English teacher.
The "Elvis" team did a bit of a cross-breeding from the 1950s through the 1970s. The trick was getting the iconic pompadour right: wigs were used for subsequent eras, going higher and higher. Facial prosthetics were applied as Presley got older and his jawline hardened. Eye makeup completed the look.
Shane Thomas, makeup artist Angela Conte, and hairstylist Louise Coulston won the "Elvis" guild award. The Oscar nominees are prosthetic makeup artists Mark Coulier and Jason Baird, as well as makeup artist Aldo Signoretti.
The whale's greatest innovation was achieved through the first-time use of all-digital prosthetic makeup for a major feature, pioneered by prosthetic makeup artist Adrien Morot. This pushed Fraser's weight to the extreme without covering his face or obscuring his emotional range of expression.
Morot and makeup artists Kathy Tse and Chris Gallaher won the guild award for "The Whale." Oscar nominees are Morot, makeup artist Judy Chin, and hairstylist Anne Marie Bradley.
Oscar-winning makeup artist Joel Harlow and hairstylist Victor Paz refined the Wakandan looks based on various African tribal cultures (especially for Bassett's Oscar-nominated Queen Ramonda, the first acting recognition for Marvel). The underwater Talokans based on Mesoamerican tribes and cultures (especially their reverence of the sun and moon)
Heike Merker and makeup artist Linda Eisenhamerová created "All Quiet" tones and facial hair and maintained the detail of sludge-soaked soldiers on the battlefield. They narrated their journey into becoming weary, demoralized soldiers.
Michael Marino, a prosthetic makeup artist, provided a complete transformation for Colin Farrell as low-level gangster Oz/Penguin, while not being hindered in delivering his funny, volatile performance. Other nominees were Naomi Donne and Mike Fontaine.
Below are the names ranked in order of likelihood to win:
"Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" (Marvel/Disney) "All Quiet on the Western Front" (Netflix) "The Batman" (Warner Bros.)