Oscars picks: Makeup and Hairstyling

Quick and dirty on this category that most of you don’t care about.

The nominees:

♦ Dallas Buyers Club: Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews. Lee also worked on 12 Years a Slave and The Artist (2011’s Best Picture). Dallas Buyers Club was actually shot in New Orleans, not Dallas, and Robin Mathews is a local Nola makeup artist. She did an excellent job making all of the AIDS extras look credible, and Lee’s work on “12 Years” was terrificly horrific, but that one isn’t nominated, sorry. Still, this team has some powerful political influence among industry types, I’m guessing.

♦ Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: Stephen Prouty convincingly makes Johnny Knoxville look like an 86-year-old prick, extending all the way to his genitalia — not that I would know about that. This was a highly entertaining low-brow romp that I would never have considered watching if not for Oscar marathoning. And precocious 9-year-old Jackson T. Nicoll makes a convincing Honey Boo-Boo in blonde wig and makeup.

♦ The Lone Ranger: Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

But an 86-year-old jackass can’t hold a candle to Johnny Depp’s museum-quality Tonto. Holy cow. The makeup artistry in this Disney film goes beyond Tonto’s dreads and warpaint. All of those grizzled outlaws and frontierspeople not only look authentic (was that Smell-o-vision?), they made highly recognizable actors unrecognizable. I had to do a double take with the credits on William Fichtner. Even Tom Wilkinson took me a minute.

My prediction: Dallas Buyers Club

My pick: The Lone Ranger

With a little more than two weeks to go, I’ve seen 26 movies … but still have 17 full-length features on the list left to see. I think only 9 more are possible, because I can’t find the other 10 — not in local theaters, or on Netflix, Amazon and On Demand streaming services. (And I’m not buying any DVDs just to complete my marathon. That’d be crazy.)

Still, not too shabby, given I didn’t start until Feb. 2-ish. My Valentine’s Day movie this year was Her (last year’s was Amour). And if all goes well and I find my proper date (nudge-nudge, Patty Kime), I plan to knock off all of the shorts next weekend.

Charting my progress. How are YOU doing?

  1. American Hustle
  2. Captain Phillips
  3. Dallas Buyers Club
  4. Gravity
  5. Her 
  6. Nebraska
  7. Philomena
  8. 12 Years a Slave √
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street
  10. Blue Jasmine
  11. August: Osage County
  12. The Croods
  13. Despicable Me 2
  14. Ernest & Celestine
  15. Frozen
  16. The Wind Rises
  17. The Grandmaster
  18. Inside Llewyn Davis
  19. Prisoners
  20. The Great Gatsby
  21. The Invisible Woman
  22. The Act of Killing
  23. Cutie and the Boxer
  24. Dirty Wars
  25. The Square
  26. 20 Feet from Stardom
  27. The Broken Circle Breakdown
  28. The Great Beauty
  29. The Hunt
  30. The Missing Picture
  31. Omar
  32. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  33. The Lone Ranger
  34. The Book Thief
  35. Saving Mr. Banks
  36. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  37. All Is Lost
  38. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  39. Lone Survivor
  40. Iron Man 3
  41. Star Trek Into Darkness
  42. Before Midnight