Every day from now until the Oscars on Sunday, February 26 I’m going to deconstruct the nominees in each category. I’ll give you their history with the Academy, some extra thoughts on each nominee/film, who was snubbed, and what you might consider before choosing them in your office pool.
Nominee: Eva Von Bahr, Love Larson
Film: A Man Called Ove
Oscar History: Both have one previous nomination under their belts, for last year’s surprise nominee The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
Thoughts: Old age make-up can go very wrong (hello Jersey Boys) or very right, as it did with A Man Called Ove. This sleeper hit from Sweden also is in the running for Best Foreign Film and it justly earned both of its nominations. The graceful aging of key characters by Von Bahr and Larson added to the film’s heart and soul as we looked back on the titular character’s life. Whereas the other two nominees are flashy, the work here is subtle but no less memorable.
Nominee: Joel Harlow, Richard Alonzo
Film: Star Trek Beyond
Oscar History: Harlow has been nominated twice before, winning for Star Trek. This is Alonzo’s first nomination.
Thoughts: I missed this one in theaters but watching it at home recently I was impressed not only with the rich visuals of the third entry in the rebooted Star Trek franchise but how unique each and every character was in makeup and hairstyle. No two beings looked alike and even if some looked like well painted sponges, there was a seemingly never ending buffet of colorfully intricate designs that passed by onscreen. It helps that one of the nominees already won for the original reboot of the series…but then again maybe once was enough for some voters.
Nominee: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini, Christopher Allen Nelson
Film: Suicide Squad
Oscar History: All are first time nominees
Thoughts: Boy, I really hated this movie Hated. Hated. Hated. It’s on my worst of the year list and for good reason – it’s an ugly, rotten film with ugly, rotten characters. That being said, these first time nominees sure went full throttle into comic book land with new designs for the Joker, Harley Quinn, and Killer Croc. It’s the Killer Croc design that could push this crew into the winners circle…but I personally can’t stomach the thought of Suicide Squad being forever referred to as “Oscar Winning”.
Should Been Nominated: Here’s another category where I think the Academy nominated the right artists. The only other one that could have fit in here would have been Deadpool and it could have taken Suicide Squad’s place.
Any one of these could be named the winner but I’m going to throw my endorsement to Star Trek Beyond for its out of the box/world designs, though I’d be just as happy if A Man Called Ove snuck in there and snagged this one away from two loud Hollywood blockbusters. Just please…not Suicide Squad.