On Feb. 26, Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland won the 2012 Achievement in Makeup Oscar for their work on The Iron Lady.
In the acceptance speech, Helland thanked Coulier for his "brilliant
prosthetics" and Meryl Streep for keeping him employed for 37 years.
"I'm a child of the Saturday and Sunday double-double features, so getting to work in the movies is a dream come true," Helland said.
just like to say what an amazing experience," said Coulier. He went on
to thank Streep; [make-up artists] Barrie Gower and Stephen Murphy; his
kids, Isabelle and Ethan, his wife, Amanda, and his dad.
the first Oscar win for both Coulier and Helland, who were recognized
for transforming actress Streep into former British Prime Minister
Margaret Thatcher. Coulier won Emmy Awards for Arabian Nights and the 1998 mini-series Merlin, and Helland won an Emmy Award for Angels in America.
told us via email that he started celebrating the win immediately after
they got off stage: "They have bars set up everywhere! Most
appreciated," he said.
At the backstage 'Thank-You Cam' in the Hollywood & Highland Center (where
the awards were held), Coulier thanked "everyone on my crew," including
Leon Smikle and Emma Sheffield. He also thanked producers Damian Jones
and Anita Overland and director Phyllida Lloyd, "who was so amazing and
used to bring us in a drink at the end of the night and say thank you
personally quite often," he said.
Helland thanked actress Liv
Ullmann for first getting him into the movie business by taking him to
Europe to work. "And to Elliott Davis, our unbelievably fantastic
cinematographer, who every day went far more than the extra mile to make
sure that everything that Mark and I did was on camera." (Helland told
us later via email that Ullmann left him "a lovely long message … She is
a dear friend and very happy and proud for my win.")
In a backstage interview, the artists discussed working with Streep.
us, Meryl and I, it's all about not having it be her, but having it be
whoever the character is. And it's great fun," Helland said.
Coulier, the process of aging Streep was more about picking elements of
Thatcher's look and transposing them onto the actress while still
giving her the freedom of expression and movement.
how his BAFTA and Oscar win might affect his career, Coulier responded,
"Hopefully things will go up from this point in time."
See Issue 94 of Make-Up Artist magazine for more details on The Iron Lady. And click here for extra photos of the make-up work.
Click here for exclusive video commentary from Coulier, and follow this link for an exclusive thank-you video.
London-based make-up artist Angela Holthuis and photographer Izabela Habur set a challenge for themselves: Habur
asked Holthuis, a fashion pro, to create “a small story with bold looks
within a small time frame, to test out how far we [could] push
ourselves creatively,” Holthuis said.
Make-Up Artist magazine is now accepting student competition
applications for the 2009 Los Angeles International Make-Up Artist
Trade Show. The themes for this year are Gothic and X-Men Mutants. The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and
to those who graduated 12 months prior to the competition. Make-Up Artist will only accept competition entries postmarked by May 22, 2009.
If you like Prescriptives products, you’d better stock up while you
can: On Sept. 17, Estée Lauder Companies announced it will stop
production and global wholesale distribution of the brand by Jan. 31,
2010. The brand will still be sold online at www.prescriptives.com
while inventory lasts.