Rick Baker & Dave Elsey’s “Wolfman” Makeup Nominated for an Academy Award

A. Quinton — Jan. 25th 2011

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards, and I’m supremely pleased to see Rick Baker and Dave Elsey nominated in the Makeup category for their work on “The Wolfman“. They’re up against “Barney’s Version” and “The Way Back“, both of which I will glibly dismiss as contenders for this category because I haven’t seen them, and because come on it’s The Wolfman! This is Baker’s second Oscar nomination for werewolf makeup effects – he won the first Academy Award for Makeup in 1982 for his groundbreaking work on “An American Werewolf in London“. You can watch Baker and Elsey collect their hardware (and hopefully see The Social Network sweep everything else) on Sunday, February 27th.

Here’s a gallery of Baker and Elsey doing the work they were nominated for: transforming Benicio del Toro into the eponymous lycanthrope.

  • Laughing Hyena

    By just looking at the images for the two other films: Wolfman will win, hands ‘or paws’ down.

    There should had been more contenders for Makeup as Makeup Magazine showcased a bunch of films that had wonderful makeup: But only three films get the nod? Two with boring makeup and the Wolfman?

    Also, so you don’t miss covering it: Monsterpalooza (http://www.rubberroom101.com/monsterpalooza2011/) will be April 8-10! And on Saturday there’s going to be a bunch of people from the Howling there!

  • Michael

    If the Academy Awards mattered at all this would be exciting news.
    That said, Baker definitely deserves another gold statue for this one. I’m really disappointed more people didn’t like this movie. I think it’s the best remake I’ve ever seen of a classic film. I think it’s only major problem, and the thing that probably added to the lukewarm reception the film received, was the big dumb werewolf brawl at the end. (spoilers)
    One wolfman in this old-school style managed to be a really scary monster, but two of them just seemed like a couple of guys in costumes fighting because the producers wanted an action-packed climax. But more importantly, it robbed the story of a more personal resolution of the conflict that had been growing between Del Toro and Hopkins. The true monster of the film was Sir John himself, not the creature he turned into. Lawrence being forced to kill his own father could have been a really great and emotional moment for the film, which was lost when it just became a couple of monsters brawling.
    I know the studio wanted more werewolf action (I don’t blame them, more werewolf action isn’t necessarily a bad thing) but there was plenty of room for that in the final moments of the story. We wouldn’t have gotten to see Sir John’s wolf form, which might have been disappointing, but I think this is a case of less is more.

  • Viergacht

    The make-up was the best part of that movie . . . I love me some classic werewolf!

  • Rick Baker and Dave Elsey won the Oscar for “The Wolfman!”