Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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The 1965 Hollmann Awards: Ensemble & Makeup

Over the next four days, I will share my own personal ballot for the films of 1965. Because honey, this is THE RETRO HOLLMANN AWARDS OF 1965!

In addition to the 65 films I previously listed, I watched Love Has Many Faces and The Cincinnati Kid -- I still missed out on The Hill and The Knack, but you know, c'est la vie.

We start our journey with two categories that did not exist for Oscar at the time; one of them still does not. And that one is...

5. Onibaba
A small but memorable cast of characters that you'd never want to be in the same room with -- a bunch of murderers and thieves.

4. The Flight of the Phoenix
An all-male ensemble -- and what an all-male ensemble! Even the characters killed off in the opening credits fit perfectly into this sweaty world director Robert Aldrich has established. Everyone feels essential -- even if Dan Duryea isn't given much to do, I'd still miss him.

3. The Loved One

Lynn Stalmaster
Perhaps an obvious choice for this category -- star cameos, character actors in the leads, an unusual leading lady, the immensity of Allyene Gibbons, and of course, a young Paul Williams playing even younger. All making for one surreal experience.

2. Ship of Fools

From the Spanish dance troupe to the Oscar-winning vets to the young newbies to the foreign stars, there's authenticity in every one. True, there are some performances I naturally gravitated towards, but it says something that no one truly outshined each other -- a very generous ensemble.

1. Young Cassidy

Miriam Brickman
Faces you recognize are suddenly unrecognizable -- but it's not makeup doing the trick, it's the pitch-perfect performances they're all giving! You really get the smell of the time and place, and oh, if only you could toast the way Rod Taylor toasts, or throw shade the way May Craig and May Cluskey throw it. Perfection, from the star to the extras.

Makeup after the jump....

3. The Pawnbroker
Bill Herman, makeup artist
Ed Callaghan, hair stylist
The Rod Steiger we know appears only in flashbacks; he is transformed into an unassuming old man.

2. Kwaidan

Shigeru Takagi, makeup artist
Ayako Sakurai, hair stylist
A white-faced demon, shogun-era warriors, an army of ghosts, and a body covered in the words of a spell.

1. The Great Race

Gordon Bau, makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly, supervising hair stylist
Sydney Guilaroff, Natalie Wood's hair styles creator
Jack Lemmon in two roles -- one quite sweaty, the other mustachioed and dastardly! Natalie Wood and Dorothy Provine done up all 1910-style! Tony Curtis looking perfect! Keenan Wynn's bald head!

Tomorrow: the awards for Best Supporting Actor...and more!

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