Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell took home the 2013 Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar for their work on Les Misérables. It was the first Oscar win for both.
the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held Feb. 24 at the Dolby
Theatre in Los Angeles, presenters Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum
announced the results.
"I don't know. It's quite
overwhelming," Westcott said in her acceptance speech. "I must pay a
huge tribute to the team who worked so incredibly hard and were so
talented. And I feel that I own only a little bit of this and the rest
goes to them. Thank you very much."
The 85th Academy Awards marked the first time the make-up category name included hairstyling (follow this link for details). Backstage after winning their Oscars, Westcott and
Dartnell were asked to speak about the cohesiveness of the two
departments working together.
"Well, the hair and
make-up thing in England is not an unusual mix. And we are ex-BBC so we
are always trained to do both," Westcott said. "And so, for me, I would
never, ever even accept a job that would separate the two, because the
very nature of the job and the very essence of the job is to create
characters, and to create the character you need all the tools in the
"For me, you need the hair and the make-up, which are
really powerful bedfellows. And, for me, I would never do just one or
the other. They very much go together. It's like walking around with one
shoe it seems, to me, weird not to have those two elements that
completely chime with each other."
This was the third Oscar nomination for Westcott, the film's make-up and hair designer, who was nominated for Mrs. Brown (1998) and Shakespeare in Love (1999). This was the first Oscar nomination for make-up and hair artist Dartnell.
Westcott previously won a British Academy Film Award for The Madness of King George (1996) and a British Academy TV Award for Wives and Daughters (2000), Our Mutual Friend (1999) and Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House (1986).
the backstage interview after their acceptance speech, Westcott and
Dartnell were asked how the live recordings of the songs in the film
affected their work.
"Well, it was different because
all the songs were done in their entirety, usually with about eight
cameras. So from start to finish, your work is there," Westcott said.
"So if anything happens within that long run, sometimes you’ll sit there
watching thinking, 'Oh, no, that's done, that's not done.' You can't go
and rectify it. So for that reason, for us, you know, it was very
important to make sure that everything was spot on before the cameras
For more on Les Misérables, pick up the print and digital editions of Issue 100 of Make-Up Artist magazine or follow this link. Click here for Westcott and Dartnell's thank you video from backstage at the awards.
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.