1. Jennifer Lawrence en X-Men
We start with a fairly recent one: Jennifer Lawrence playing Mystique in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’.
2. Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Days of Future Past
A process that lasted no less than 7 hours and consisted of 8 layers! of paint and makeup. “I know that everyone feels sorry for me, but the truth is that I have fun. It’s like a sleepover where they paint me, ”Jennifer said.
3. Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Days of Future Past
And here we can see the final result.
4. Angelina Jolie and Salt
Angelina plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian spy. Throughout the film, Jolie must disguise her identity on multiple occasions.
5. Mila Kunis in Oz: the mighty
In ‘Oz: The Mighty One’, Mila Kunis plays the witch Theodora, the Witch of the West. Putting Kunis on makeup took four hours each day of filming, and removing her makeup required another hour.
6. Mila Kunis in Oz: The Mighty One
7. Juliane Moore in The Hours
In the movie ‘The Hours’ Julianne plays a young woman in 1951. And that same old woman in 2001. That is, 50 years apart.
8. Robin Willams in Daddy Forever
‘Forever Dad’ is a movie where makeup is absolutely central to the plot. In fact, the brother of the character played by Robin Williams is a makeup artist, and for that reason the creation of Mrs. Doubtfire is possible.
9. Robin Willams in Daddy Forever
Making up Williams took 4 hours each day. The film won the Oscar for best makeup.
10. Margot Robbie en Mary Queen of Scots
In ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, Margot Robbie plays Queen Elizabeth I. And here we can see her with the characteristic white makeup that the queen used.
11. Margot Robbie en Mary Queen of Scots
In the movie, Robbie’s character comes down with smallpox. And here we can see her with scars on her face.
12. Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The film received a total of 13 Oscar nominations, an incredible number. But it “barely” won 3: Best Makeup, Visual Effects, and Art Direction.
13. Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Throughout the movie, Brad Pitt’s character grows younger.
14. Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
And the character of Cate Blanchett grows old.
15. Jim Carrey in The Grinch
The film won the Oscar for best makeup. But not everything was rosy: the makeup application took 8 hours and that bothered Jim Carrey a lot, causing fights on the film set.
16. Helena Bonham Carter in Planet of the Apes
The 2001 film directed by Tim Burton was not well received by critics. But the makeup work, done by Rick Baker, garnered all kinds of praise.
17. Kate Winslet en The Reader
Throughout her career, Kate Winslet was nominated 7 times for an Oscar. But she only won once: for the movie ‘The Reader’, where she plays a woman over the course of different decades.
18. Suicide Squad
The movie is very bad. But she won the Oscar for best makeup. And not only that: it became the first DC movie to win an Oscar (later ‘Joker’ would win 2 more)
19. Suicide Squad
20. Christian Bale and Vice
‘Vice’ won the Oscar for best makeup in 2019. Christian Bale played former US Vice President RIchard Cheney.
21. Christian Bale and Vice
Bale also played a young Cheney, although in this case the result is not so shocking.
22. Halle Berry and Cloud Atlas
‘Cloud Atlas’ is a very particular movie and in it Halle Berry plays many different characters. In this image we can see her character ‘Native woman’.
23. Halle Berry and Cloud Atlas
In another of the ‘Cloud Atlas’ stories, Berry plays Ovid, a surgeon.
24. Susan Sarandon en Cloud Atlas
Berry’s isn’t the only surprising makeup on ‘Cloud Atlas.’ Here we see Susan Sarandon, who does not appear much in the film but is surprising. “I have very small parts, but of many different genders and ages”
25. Susan Sarandon en Cloud Atlas
Another of Sarandon’s characters in ‘Cloud Atlas’.
26. Salma Hayek in Frida
Salma Hayek received an Oscar nomination for best actress for her work in this film. And the film won the statuette for best makeup.
27. Tilda Swinton in The Grand Budapest Hotel
In the excellent ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, Tilda Swinton plays Mademe M., an 84-year-old millionaire. Tilda was just 43 years old when the movie was made, which required a lot of makeup work to age her.
28. Tilda Swinton The Grand Budapest Hotel
29. Lea Thompson in Back to the Future
Lea Thompson played Marty McFly’s mother in “Back to the Future.” In the first scenes of the film, his character is 47 years old. But the actress was barely 23! To age her, it took three and a half hours of makeup. In fact, Lea Thompson was born just 10 days before Michel J. Fox, who plays her son in the film.
30. Lea Thompson in Back to the Future
In the second installment of the trilogy, Marty travels to the future, and this is how his mother looks.
31. Charlize Theron en Monster
Charlize Theron gained 14 kilos for ‘Monster’ (2003), the film where she played a serial killer and for which she won the Oscar for best actress. But her physical transformation was only part of the process: makeup changed her hair, complexion, eyes, cheekbones, and even her teeth.
32. Glenn Close en Hook
The movie is not very good but Glenn Close’s makeup (which only appears for a very short time) is very good. In fact, the film was nominated for an Oscar for best makeup and best costume design, among others.
33. Jared Leto at Dallas Buyers Club
Leto won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his work on “Dallas Buyers Club.” There she plays Rayon, a trans woman who is associated with the character of Matthew McConaughey.
34. Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey at Dallas Buyers Club
McConaughey also won the best actor award. And the film won the Oscar for best makeup.
35. Pan’s Labyrinth
The Guillermo del Toro-directed film won 3 Oscars: makeup, cinematography and art direction.
36. Michael Keaton en Beetlejuice
The Tim Burton-directed film won the Oscar for best makeup in 1989.
Of course, the makeup for ‘Beetlejuice’ went beyond Michael Keaton.
38. Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour
Gary Oldman won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in this film. The film also won the statuette for best makeup.
39. Meryl Streep in Into the Woods
For her portrayal of the witch, Meryl was nominated for an Oscar for best supporting actress, but the award went to Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood.”
40. Cate Blanchett in Manifesto
In this movie Cate played 13! characters, including this man.
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