“Before anything is shot, edited or shown on the screen, there is a team made up of all of you who work long and hard – I see it – to help us bring to life the characters on screen.”
Actress Angela Bassett made an impassioned speech in front of a cheering crowd at the 10th annual Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, presented by QMS Medicosmetics and HASK® Beauty, where she was honored Saturday night.
This exceptional group of artists were competing for the best of the best in hair and makeup for film, TV, and theatrical presentation. And it was all hosted by actress Melissa Peterman.
In the film category, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis snatched up two wins for best period/character makeup and period and/or character hair styling. ‘The Whale’ won for best special effects makeup, (FYI that 600 pounds on Brendon Frasier was created by three amazing people.)
‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ won the award for best contemporary makeup and ‘Black Panther Wakanda Forever’ picked up a win for best contemporary hair.
Wins for limited television series, movie or miniseries went to ‘Pam & Tommy’ which scored two awards one for character makeup and one for special effects. ‘Abbott Elementary’ won for best contemporary hair styling, and ‘Our Flag Means Death’ walked away with an award for best period/and or character hair styling.
Also honored were Fred C. Blau, Jr. for makeup and Judy Crown for hair, the latter was awarded by her Seinfeld pal Jason Alexander. A Life Achievement Award was given to makeup artist Steve LaPorte—who has worked on everything from ‘Beetlejuice’ to ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas.’
But the biggest winner was me. I am now the proud owner of an over-stuffed gift bag that included 8 sets of false eyelashes—I only wish I had more eyes! (First-world problems, I know.)