Oscars: Best Makeup and Hairstyling Predictions 2021

Oscars: Best Makeup and Hairstyling Predictions 2021
The race for makeup and hair is particularly noteworthy this season. It includes transforming Viola Davis into the pioneering blues singer of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” turning Glenn Close into the fiery Appalachian grandmother of “Hillbilly Elegy,” adding floral flourishes to Anya Taylor-Joy’s titular matchmaker in “Emma,” meticulously recreating Hollywood’s Golden Age in black-and-white in “Mank,” and creating a unique wooden look to the titular puppet of “Pinocchio.”

But with the Academy tilting toward historical transformation in recent years, the odds are with “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” This becomes even more prominent with Davis landing her fourth Oscar nomination — the most of any Black actress — as the sexy, subversive Rainey. In addition, the actress was boldly uncompromising in demanding verisimilitude with the help of gold teeth, charcoal-like makeup, and a wig made of horsehair. She tapped her personal makeup stylist, Sergio Lopez Rivera, to lead the transformation, in
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