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Star Trek Wins Oscar For Makeup + Pine & Saldana Present – Report + Photos & Video March 7, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: CBS/Paramount,Celebrity,Star Trek (2009 film) , trackback

The 82nd Academy Awards have just wrapped up and JJ Abrams Star Trek, has made franchise history by taking home Trek’s first Oscar, for Best Makeup. In addition some Star Trek vets took home Oscars, including Michael Giacchino for Up. Also, Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana were on hand as presenters. We have a full report, photos and links to videos and more below.


Star Trek  wins for Best Makeup – First Oscar of franchise

Star Trek went in with four nominated in four categories.  And as expected Star Trek won for Best Makeup, beating both Il Divo and The Young Victoria. The award is shared by Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow.

Mindy Hall, Barney Burman, and Joel Harlow with their Makeup Oscars for “Star Trek” – the first Trek wins in history

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Acceptance Speech
& Thank You Cam

The Makeup category was presented by uber-Trek fan Ben Stiller. Even though Stiller came out made up as a Na’vi, he joked that he wished he had worn his Spock ears, admitting he had two pairs of them signed by Leonard Nimoy.

Stiller gives the Oscars to the "Star Trek" Makeup artists

As for the other three categories, Star Trek went in as a long-shot, and so it was no surprise that it lost both Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing to The Hurt Locker, and Best Visual Effects to Avatar. Sharing the VFX award for Avatar was Star Trek VI CG supervisor Joe Letteri .

The night was a milestone in Star Trek franchise history. Four previous Trek films had been nominated: Star Trek: The Motion Picture (3 nominations), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (4), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (2) and Star Trek First Contact (1). However, JJ Abrams Star Trek is now the first and only Star Trek film to win an Academy Award.

Giacchino Wins For Up

As expected Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino won the Oscar for his Up score. Giacchino told had an inspirational speech about how young people should stick with their creative endeavors. Another Trek vet taking home the gold was Robert Stromberg, a matte artist on TNG, Voyager, and First Contact, who shared the Oscar for Art Direction for his work in Avatar. However, Christopher Plummer (Star Trek VI’s General Chang) who was nominated Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Last Station, lost out to Christoph Waltz for his role in Inglourious Basterds.

Composer Michael Giacchino wins Oscar for "Up"

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Acceptance Speech

Both Avatar and The Hurt Locker went into the Oscars with nine nominations each, but it was The Hurt Locker that walked away the big winner. The Hurt Locker won six awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Avatar took home three awards. For a complete list of winners visit


Pine, Saldana and Perry Present

The Academy Awards also saw a number Star Trek celebs presenting. First up was Chris Pine, Star Trek’s new James T Kirk, who introduced the clips for the Best Picture nominee District 9. By the way, for those who are wondering, Chris brought his mom as his date for the evening, awww.

Chris introduces "District 9" as Best Picture

Zoe Saldana, Star Trek’s new Uhura, along with Carey Mulligan, presented the three short film Oscars. There was a bit of a funny moment as Zoe had to hike up her dress to avoid tripping on it while descending the stairs.

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Saldana present at the Academy Awards

Finally Tyler Perry, who had a cameo in Star Trek playing the head of Starfleet Academy, presented the Oscar for Best Editing. Perry joked that it was the first and last time his name would be heard at the Academy Awards.

Tyler Perry presents at the Academy Awards

Party photos

Star Trek producer/director JJ Abrams wasn’t spotted in any of the red carpet photos, but was nabbed going into the Vanity Fair party.

Abrams and his wife attend Vanity Fair Oscar party

Star Trek’s new Spock Zachary Quinto doesn’t appear to have attended, but he was spotted at the Mont Blanc pre-Oscar party last night.

Zach at Mont Blanc pre-Oscar party

More Photos:

TrekMovie: Star Trek Stars On The Oscar Red Carpet



1. AJ - March 7, 2010



The old girl has some life in her yet!!!

2. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

I enjoyed this year’s Academy Awards show. The main reason is that Trek was so well represented compared to previous years.

3. DeBeckster - March 7, 2010

Finally! I cheered so loud when Star Trek won, my wife had to shush me! About time! And, how cool was it that Ben Stiller presented the award? This one’s for Trek fans everywhere!

4. davidfuchs - March 7, 2010

Of all the Trek films to win an Oscar… this one?

Oh well, at least the makeup guys did do a bangup job, even if most of their work didn’t make it into the film. I can’t say I saw many of its contenders though, but scifi is a shoo-in for those ones :)

5. CarlG - March 7, 2010

Congratulations guys and gals!

I also really like Michael Giacchino’s acceptance speech — short, to the point, and damn good advice.

6. davidfuchs - March 7, 2010

Also… is Abram’s wife wearing heels, or does she tower over him anyhow? How tall is he?

7. The Chief Engineer - March 7, 2010

A good night! 30 years in waiting!

8. Anthony Pascale - March 7, 2010

way to stay classy davidfuchs

9. Pragmaticus - March 7, 2010

Had Star Trek lost in Makeup, I would have thrown a fit. I mean, it was up against some foreign film and a period piece.

10. Happy Russia - March 7, 2010


I agree with your very first statement. But I wholly disagree that their make-up work was “bangup.” If anything, it was mainly pointy ears and eyebrows. When Star Trek: First Contact was nominated in 1996 for best make-up, it lost. Why, you ask? I don’t know! First Contact’s make-up was leagues ahead and better than what TrekXI brought. This was a mercy win, if anything.

Undeserving. Ben Stiller’s make-up was better.

11. Charla - March 7, 2010

Chris Pine needed more air time!

Michael Giacchino’s award is so deserved, I am so happy for him! I also loved the acceptance speech he gave-

12. The Chief Engineer - March 7, 2010

Stiller’s Na’vi looked more convincing than the cgi ones! ;-)

13. S. John Ross - March 7, 2010

#10: Nothing wrong with the quality of mercy ;)

Congrats, Trek makeup team.

14. StevenPDX - March 7, 2010

Thrilled that Star Trek won **something** at the Oscars. More proof–albeit it small–that the franchise is alive and well.

15. Captain Dunsel - March 7, 2010

Congratulations! But didn’t Karl urban at least deserve a nomination for McCoy? I think so!

16. Will - March 7, 2010

Painting a woman green is really, really difficult.

17. AJ - March 7, 2010



But there’s only one place you’ll see it.

And with red hair!

18. Jim Nightshade - March 7, 2010

Well its nice a trek finally won an oscar-congrats to all involved

19. MC1 Doug - March 7, 2010

Was it just me, or was Jerry Goldsmith’s ‘Star Trek’ used for incidental music before and after commercials during tonight”s Oscar Awards ceremonies?

If not, it was certainly VERY similar.

20. Jimtibkirk - March 7, 2010

Congrats to Star Trek’s first Oscar in franchise history! Well done.

Goldsmith should’ve won for TMP in 1979. Beautiful score.

Maybe Stewart for First Contact. “And I … will make them PAY … for what they’ve done!” Solid performance.

I’m stoked for the sequel. They need to bring in some HUGE guest stars and a BiG story to become the Dark Night of 2012. Then we’ll see some serious nominations for best picture and some actor/actress noms! JJ, please direct, you might win too!

21. ryanhuyton - March 7, 2010

#16 Maybe, but I bet it must be a lot of fun as well.

Its good to see “Star Trek” win an Oscar. As good as the make-up was in the new movie though, to me “Star Trek First Contact” had the best.

22. Jimtibkirk - March 7, 2010

Heh, Dark Knight.

23. skyjedi - March 7, 2010

Avatar got owned by Hurt Locker a film i don’t know of a single person who had gone to see. Best Director and Best picture,wow.

Surely this is some sort of massive joke on the Academies part.

24. jesustrek - March 7, 2010

Yeeeessssssssssss, Congratulations STAR TREK,,,Viva Viaje a Las estrellas Cabrones!!!

25. Chadwick - March 7, 2010

Congrats to Star Trek and the makeup artists for the first oscar for the franchise. And to those who guessed one oscar, I was hoping for two, but deep down I knew one was all we were going to get :P

26. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

Well, now that Trek has its first Academy Award, here are a few things we could potentially look forward to:

1. An A-lister starring in a Trek movie.

2. Even bigger budgets.

3. Gritty, Hurt Locker-type action. (I’m still tryin’, folks.)

4. A grand story of galactic — nay, universal — nay, multiversal — significance, involving massed star battles a la “A Sacrifice of Angels” (DS9) or various Star Wars movies, but even more so.

5. More and even better SFX than ever before.

6. Just to name a few.

Star Trek is a tentpole property. And now, it’s also an Academy Award-winning franchise, as well.

So far, so GREAT!

27. StarFuryG7 - March 7, 2010

Even though it only got nominated for technical awards, I don’t recall seeing any Trek film getting this much exposure at the Oscars.

What really bugged me though was the clip they chose to show for the Visual Effects Award of the Enterprise with nothing to really show off the dazzling effects the film really had to offer. They could have shown a few quick shots from the opening of the movie with the Narada emerging from the Black Hole and/or some of the fireworks that ensued with the Kelvin. Instead it looked as though they just rolled over on that one, expecting to lose to “Avatar.” Yes, it was a shot of the Enterprise, but that didn’t really serve as an adequate sample of the work that went into the effects of the film, so in that respect I was dissatisfied and underwhelmed by what they chose to show.

28. Christopher Mulrooney - March 7, 2010

STAR TREK WINS STAR TREK WINS I was in Sharky’s Mexican Grill in Beverly Hills and was eating as I heard Star Trek Makeup department wins the award for Best make up I almost choked on nacho I was excited. lol

29. Syn4Ever - March 7, 2010

Once again, congrats on the win to all those who made this Star Trek movie possible :) The next one will be even better! Am I the only one looking forward to seeing if they print out new covers for the movie with the Oscar on it???

30. StarFuryG7 - March 7, 2010

#26 Oh, come on –it’s good to see a Trek film finally get recognized at the Oscars, but the win was for Makeup for cryin’ out loud.

31. leonel - March 7, 2010

Awesome!! About time, too.

I have an interpreter friend who worked the Oscar’s. Can’t wait for him to return home so I can hear all about it!!

32. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

30, it was an Academy Award. That’s all that matters.

Besides, weren’t you part of the Bring Back Kirk club back in the day? ST2009 brought back Kirk, and much, much more! :-)

33. skyjedi - March 7, 2010

No they did not Shatner was not in the movie nor was the real prime universe Kirk played by any other actor. Alternate universe does not count in my opinion.

34. StarFuryG7 - March 7, 2010

#32 – No, I was never a part of the “Bring Back Kirk” club, and since you’ve mentioned it, I’ve been battling with a BBKer for years over that one. We’ve been consistently at odds over it for a pretty long period of time.

I don’t like the way this last movie overwrote existing canon either though, so the fact that Kirk has been resurrected at the expense of everything that came before it isn’t exactly anything to cheer over.

And No, it’s not an alternate universe. They completely overwrote longstanding canon, pure and simple.

35. Dan - March 7, 2010

The only thing that matters is whether makeup in Star Trek was better than the makeup in the other two nominees in this category, “Il Divo” or “The Young Victoria”. In my opinion, it was.

Oh, and whoever called this a “mercy win” probably is not an expert on Academy Awards history. Why, just this year, “Up In the Air” was shut out -7 nominations and 7 losses. There is no seeming pattern as to when or which Star Trek films get nominated (out of the first ten, the ones that were nominated were… 1, 4, 6 and 8? No nominations for the best Trek film of them all, The Wrath of Khan, or for John Alonzo’s (“Chinatown”) cinematography in Star Trek Generations??). There’s also no rhyme or reason as to why, say, film #1 was nominated for Art Direction and film #6 was nominated for Sound and not Sound Effects Editing.. I’m not sure who the mercy win commenter thinks what film that came out in 2009 had better makeup than Star Trek, but I am fairly sure that regardless of what he thinks of THAT, he’s truly overthinking things when he says Star Trek was given a mercy win. It’s been so neglected (and recognized so haphazardly over the years when it has been nominated) over the years that such a belief suggests the Academy actually gives the slightest amount of thought as to whether a Star Trek film should be nominated or should win. It doesn’t, so obviously it doesn’t think enough as to whether Trek deserves a mercy win.

BTW, anyone who has seen all ten nominated films this year? Anyone think that Star Trek deserved a slot over one of those? Until you’ve seen all ten the implied snub for “it only won for makeup” is kind of unwarranted. If people saw all ten nominated films a good deal would be crying “It was robbed of a best picture nomination,” not “it only won for makeup.” Its reward (look at, and is its being one of the tenth highest-ranked movies of the year, making the most $ ever for a Trek film (adjusted for inflation), bringing in over $250 in North America (good enough to place it in the Top 10 domestic grossers this year), and for reviving the franchise. And yet, people (still supposedly fans), in light of all of the above, come on to this site to take uninformed potshots at it….. Unbelievable.

36. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

Sorry, StarFuryG7 — I must have you confused with someone else. There was this poster who used to post all the time about how they should bring back Kirk, etc., etc., in an early Trek forum.

My mind must be playing tricks on me.

37. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

Sorry to double post, STG7, but were you the guy who was advocating for Babylon 5? Maybe that’s why your moniker is so familiar to me.

It’s kind of sad how things haven’t panned out for B5.

Which brings up the question: If ST can be revived in such a big way, why not B5?

38. StarFuryG7 - March 7, 2010

Hat Trick, you may be thinking of CRAMBAM, my nemesis in the BBK debate, which mercifully, is over at least as a result of this film.

39. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

Yeah, that’s the guy.

Small world.

40. StarFuryG7 - March 7, 2010

Yes, Hat Trick, I was a big B5 fan back in the day (Note me Screen Name by the way). And to an extent, JMS can also be blamed for how things have worked out for that WB property, which I hesitate to refer to it as “a franchise”.

41. Buzz Cagney - March 7, 2010

#20 funny that, because that was one of the few times that I thought Patrick’s performance kind of sucked. Far too much ham for my taste.

Anyway, congratulations on the win, but I also think its pretty bad that Trek had’t won one one before. top of my head- FX and music for TMP.

42. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

Yes, and I remember your original name, too, which was the full name of “G7.”

Kind of missed those days.

In any event, it’s interesting how Trek fandom seems to be quite persistent. You run into new people, you run into old people. They remind you of things that you may not remember correctly. But you remember them anyway. And you remember Trek.

Somewhere some of those postings must be preserved.

One thing is for sure: Trek Lives!

43. Hat Rick - March 7, 2010

^^ Please disregard typo above.

44. Javier Lorenz Jr. - March 7, 2010

I’m thrilled that Trek has finally been recognized by Academy Awards, especially within the area of technical merit. The franchise has been robbed of awards, based on technical merit far too many times.

Yet, I was gravely disappointed..,given the franchise’s previous flirtations with ‘the Academy’…that not a single one of the recipients of this award thought to mention Gene Roddenberry, let alone thank him. If it weren’t for Gene’s vision, they never would’ve been standing on that stage and accepting an award…at least not for a film entitled ‘Star Trek’.

45. Brent - March 7, 2010

19. The music was very similar to Jerry Goldsmith’s iconic theme from STTMP The only difference was in the last two bars, otherwise it was almost identical. I’d recognize that riff anywhere and I felt involuntary chills from hearing it.

46. pacimage - March 7, 2010

Good to see Zachary Quinto serving drinks and taking orders at the Oscar party… I kid, I kid! ;)

Congrats to Mindy, Barney, and Joel, and, of course, Michael. Well deserved!

47. Happy Russia - March 7, 2010


My beef with Trek’s win is that the make-up was mediocre. I mean, not *even* nomination worthy. Really. Pointy ears, eyebrows and horrible green body paint, Oscar-worthy?

An Oscar nomination, or even win, for a film’s make-up doesn’t have to deal with the make-up looking other wordly or alien. The make-up in The Young Victoria was actually quite exquisite and beautiful. Make-up in a period piece film always fascinates me, and I thought it was well done in this one.

To be honest, I thought the make-up in TrekXI was awful, godly awful–especially when there have been episodes and films *cough*First Contact!*cough* that have had MUCH better.

As I said, “Best Make-up” doesn’t mean that it’s only the best when it’s alien, other-wordly or demonic. Usually, it’s sci-fi and fantasy films that really showcase incredible make-up. And Trek didn’t deliver. Pointy ears? C’mon…we’ve seen them three times in three better films in this damned decade already! I mean…what breakthrough make-up was utilized in TrekXI? What popped out? What made you think, “Wow, that’s really good make-up!” Honestly? I was unimpressed, the nomination and win was undeserved.

48. StarFuryG7 - March 8, 2010

#42 re: my Screen Name, yes, you got that right. What Screen Name did you go by that I may remember you by? If you know my original Screen Name, then I may well remember you too.

49. S. John Ross - March 8, 2010

#47: “and horrible green body paint,”

Okay, yeah, that is true. I found myself thinking, in the theater, that it was odd that they didn’t enhance that body-paint with a little CGI tweaking to make it look more like green skin. Doesn’t seem to me like it would be a difficult bit of CGI, but I have no idea what that kind of thing adds to a budget in real terms.

50. Hat Rick - March 8, 2010

^^ I thought the makeup was pretty damn good. That alien in the Kelvin bridge scene, to take just one example, was creative and impressive.

51. S. John Ross - March 8, 2010

As an amendment to #49: It’s possible that it looks much better/flawless on video? I haven’t seen it on the small-screen, but maybe a lot of the people voting on the awards saw For Your Consideration type videos rather than the actual film?

52. Hat Rick - March 8, 2010

48, I’d prefer not to say, if you wouldn’t mind terribly. I have my own reasons. :-)

53. S. John Ross - March 8, 2010

#50: I agree that the makeup was just fine overall, but I do remember noticing that the green body paint seemed a bit smudged/uneven/patchy. Maybe that’s just leftover Orion Acne, though :)

54. Hat Rick - March 8, 2010

I think an entire backstory could be told about the Orion cadet. There were actually at least two Orion cadets or officers, as anyone who’s seen the Blu-ray (or DVD?) features might attest.

The Orions went from “animal-type” women (in the TOS pilot) to being Starfleet cadets, which is a pretty big step.

Also, are the Orion women related in any way to the “sexually mature” Deltans (TMP)? Inquiring minds want to know! ;-)

55. StarFuryG7 - March 8, 2010

Hat Rick, you can always e-mail it to me if you would prefer.

56. Vardonir - March 8, 2010

I agree with #10.

I think it [TrekXI] won because it doesn’t have competition. Never heard of those other two films (never shown in the Phils., like The Hurt Locker) but the titles alone are a giveaway.

Trek XI had Vulcans, not-so-convincing-Romulans (I thought they were Vulcans ala-Sybok when I saw the film the 2nd time), an Orion (heh, Vina looked better), and the extra aliens (the guy at the Bar, the crewman at the Kelvin bridge, etc.) And they were extras.
The Borg, the Cardasians, and the Voth looked better.

@ 12: “Stiller’s Na’vi looked more convincing than the cgi ones! ;-)” LOL Yes. (Tail looks miscolored, though)

@ 54: “Also, are the Orion women related in any way to the “sexually mature” Deltans (TMP)? Inquiring minds want to know! ;-)”
Good question.

57. VOODOO - March 8, 2010

I still think this film should have be nominated for best film. It was far better than “The Blind Side” and “A Serious Man” as well as a few others than were nominated.

58. Hat Rick - March 8, 2010

55, thank you for the invitation. I think I can figure out your email address, but with respect, I would decline for reasons aforementioned.

57, I completely agree. Star Trek should have been nominated. But then, I am biased, and I freely acknowledge that bias.

At this point, I am willing to vicariously enjoy Trek’s success. I feel that, having seen ST2009 so many times in the theaters, I’ve contributed in some small way to its success, and I’m quite happy it’s turned out so nicely.

I’ve only seen Avatar once, and I think once is enough, despite the fact that I did say that if there is one film that should get the BP nod over Trek, it’s Avatar — purely for philosophical reasons.

59. captain_neill - March 8, 2010

Although I wished one of the past Trek movie had won an Oscar, I am glad this one still won the oscar.

But because it won an oscar still does not make it the best Trek movie.

60. Devon - March 8, 2010


My beef with Trek’s win is that the make-up was mediocre. I mean, not *even* nomination worthy. Really. Pointy ears, eyebrows and horrible green body paint, Oscar-worthy? ”

Obviously the Academy didn’t feel that way, so you’re beef is that you don’t agree with their decision.

Why not do the classy thing, be a good sport, and congratulate the make up team for their win (even if you don’t agree with the decision)?


And Congrats to the make up team.

61. Devon - March 8, 2010

^^ That was to #47’s comment, for clarification.

62. The Chief Engineer - March 8, 2010

#56: Tail looks miscolored, though

… But at least his mouth animated better when he talked! I bet Cameron looked at Stiller and thought “Damn it… that would have saved me 10 years!” Avatar thoroughly deserved its technical awards for raising the bar. I’m just not convinced it was even second place in Best Picture… but we’ll never know. Hurt Locker deserved it. Felt sorry for District 9…

63. William Kirk - March 8, 2010

Personally I expected some Razzie for this Trek (for the screenplay e.g.) but really not an Oscar….

64. Dan - March 8, 2010

First Contact should have won in this category, the new films makeup was ok. Hey if want to make a better film next time, get better writers. Bob and Alex are terrible!

65. Dan - March 8, 2010

On the actors who played Vulcans, after they plucked the actors eye brows out they didn’t bother covering up the part where the eyebrow used to be, you could easily see pale skin where the eye brow used to be. Good make up work, yeah right!

66. Mark Lynch - March 8, 2010

It’s nice that Star Trek has gotten an Oscar but let’s be honest the film which should have won two Oscars 32 years ago was ST:TMP for best effects and best score.

There has not been a Star Trek film since TMP that has had such a wonderful soundtrack. Jerry Goldsmith was a king among film composers. The effects still stand up today, the Enterprise never looked so good.

67. William Kirk - March 8, 2010

I agree with every word.

68. RenderedToast - March 8, 2010

The make up on Star Trek 11 was far superior to any Trek before, First Contact included. No surprise they won it. Should have got at least a Best Picture nomination though.

69. P Technobabble - March 8, 2010

Winning is good for the spirit. Uplifting, promotes enthusiasm. This is a win that can’t be taken away. Great job!

70. Hugh Hoyland - March 8, 2010

64. Dan – March 8, 2010
First Contact should have won in this category, the new films makeup was ok. Hey if want to make a better film next time, get better writers. Bob and Alex are terrible!

Well thats your opinion and Im not a ra-ra guy for either Bob or Alex. But the movies and TV shows these guys have been writters on have by and lage been succeful going all the way back to one of my all time 90s fav, Hercules!. They may have done Xena to as far as I know. My points being is that they must have some solid talent or they wouldnt be hired as much as they are. And its puzzling to say that the writting was sub-par on Star Trek 09, what was not “good” about it. What I seen was the old Enterprise, brandnew again, with a brand new bunch of kids flying it straight into new advetures, nothing wrong with that. It was honestly fun and I think a lot more people feel the same way. now IMO the sequel will have to stear clear of the formula of ST 09 or you’ll just get a remake.

In my mind this motion picture needs to be darker in nature (not leaving out the usual things from ST 09 like K/S/M, continued love between S/U, humor, hand to hand, with at least a little introduction of Kirk fu,) But the villian needs to be quite dangerous. Khan could work if done right, but Im thinking a villian that is just pure evil, and VERY powerful. Something like the V’GER from hell or something.

71. The Chief Engineer - March 8, 2010

Let’s hope they build on this and take the next step (much like Batman Begins did with The Dark Knight). The fact that this ‘new’ Star Trek has been recognized by the Academy with an Oscar and 4 nominations (albeit technical awards) and has also managed to finish in the Top 10 Box Office for 2009 bodes well for the production of the sequel in terms of both Paramount’s backing and also for attracting some weighty players (interms of cast and production) to raise the profile further.

72. The Chief Engineer - March 8, 2010

#70: the villian needs to be quite dangerous. Khan could work if done right, but Im thinking a villian that is just pure evil, and VERY powerful. Something like the V’GER from hell or something.

Good shout… something that can’t be reasoned with!

73. Hugh Hoyland - March 8, 2010

Good shout… something that can’t be reasoned with!

exactly, a fullly mutated Gary Mitchell could be workable.

74. Chain of Command - March 8, 2010

Why does Quinto always look like he just got scared by someone off camera or trying to go the skinniest man photographed for GQ award? LOL

75. Buzz Cagney - March 8, 2010

#72 I’d nominate my Mrs for the role.

76. star trackie - March 8, 2010

#6 “Also… is Abram’s wife wearing heels, or does she tower over him anyhow? How tall is he?”

When your wife looks like that, does it really matter?

Congrats Trek for making Trek history! An honor well deserved!

77. Sunfell - March 8, 2010

JJ Abrams is a little guy- maybe 5’8- so his wife will tower over him. :-)

I am very glad that Star Trek broke the Oscar drought after 30 years. Some of us were teasing Zach Quinto on his site- his ears just won an Oscar, so now we need to work on the rest of him.

Seeing the tears in Barney Burman’s eyes almost made me cry- but I really loved Giacchino’s encouraging speech.

Someone was talking about music clips the orchestra was playing- I heard Goldsmith’s ST:TMP/TNG- along with many other pieces, including ET and Ghost.

78. Crusade2267 - March 8, 2010

11 films across 30 years and only 1 oscar.

Long overdue!


79. Hat Rick - March 8, 2010

Here’s a link to a Seattle Times official blog page with a good photo of Ben Stiller in blueface as an Andorian. I mean, as a Navi. Also, a description of what Stiller said.

Also, note the blogger’s comment that Trek should have won Best Picture.

80. Capt. of the USS Anduril - March 8, 2010

#10 This may be late, but you are WRONG sir! Most, if not all, of the aliens in Star Trek were done with masks and prosthetics by the make-up department.

Congrats to the cast and crew of Star Trek, let’s get some bigger ones next time too!

And Ben Stiller’s outfit was fantastic.

81. TonyD - March 8, 2010

Trek was long overdue for an Oscar and its nice that it finally got a little bit of recognition as the films have been historically snubbed, especially ST:TMP, which richly deserved technical consideration for its effects, art direction and especially musical score (which has held up remarkably well throughout the years).

Of all the Oscars Trek was up for this year, make-up seemed the most logical one to win for as the film went to great lengths to create as many practical make-up effects as possible with everything from subtle appliances like Spock’s ears to full blown alien creatures.

A special effects Oscar would have been nice, especially as Trek’s visuals did look really good and were delivered at a fraction of what Cameron had to work with for Avatar.

Good job and congrats to those involved. Here’s hoping they really pull out all the stops for the next movie.

82. CaptainRoyMustang170 - March 8, 2010

Now thats what i’m talking about congrats guys keep it uo WOOOOO!

83. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - March 8, 2010

“66. Mark Lynch – March 8, 2010
It’s nice that Star Trek has gotten an Oscar but let’s be honest the film which should have won two Oscars 32 years ago was ST:TMP for best effects and best score.

There has not been a Star Trek film since TMP that has had such a wonderful soundtrack. Jerry Goldsmith was a king among film composers. The effects still stand up today, the Enterprise never looked so good.”

Your post was so good, and correct, it needed to be posted again!

A Little Romance beat out TMP??!! Out and out theft.

And every time I see Alien, I remember how angry I was as a 17 year old when it beat out TMP for best effects. Total joke. I defy you to watch the scene of the Nostromo blowing up and not cringe. It looks like something out of Wishmaster 2. The space visuals in TMP remain the best ever done for Trek, and that includes the new one.

84. Chain of Command - March 8, 2010

Yeah, Alien winning for VFX. LOL That is pretty sad.

85. Paul Fitz - March 8, 2010

Congrats to the Trek Makeup crew, well deserved, and again, Congratulations to them all!

86. boborci - March 8, 2010


87. The Chief Engineer - March 8, 2010

Mr Orci,

Has this raised the bar of expectation further for the sequel? lol

88. Losira - March 8, 2010

Wonderful! And well deserverd. The Nero makeup seems to personified Romulan working class the shaved heads and numerous tatoos. We saw elitist Romulans in previous Trek shows @ movies. Original indeed. Oscar worthy as also the other makeup jobs in the abrams movie. Evan Winona. Looking a true trainwreck from Labor and childbirth! 23rd century! Painful delivery? Still. No matter. Heads hung a bit when trek hit a dry spell in winning awards. I said save the best for last. The Oscar. Congrats to all of you

89. Dr. Image - March 8, 2010

The Westmores & Co. should have won for any of the TNG movies- even Nemesis had some awesome make-ups with the Remans!
Oh well, congrats to Barney Burman & crew. Yes- well deserved.

90. Moonwatcher - March 8, 2010

OK, I liked the film quite a bit, but an Oscar win for a few tattoos, ears and eyebrows?
Most of this “trail blazing work” had been done in every rendition of Star Trek for the past 40 plus years….. come on. And please, don’t mention Scotty’s “little buddy”; I cringe every time he’s on the screen! The only interesting look was that of the short cut to the Arex-type alien crew member on the bridge.

91. Captain Rickover - March 8, 2010

Congratulations, JJ!

I will be honest: I don’t think STAR TREK (09) is the best of the franchise. But for the franchise’s sake, the Academy thought otherwise.

But I have to be honest again: Good work! Really good work!

92. Phobos - March 8, 2010

I am ‘OK’ with the makeup Oscar, BUT PLEASE LET ME BE FRANK HERE…

The Oscars and most all the other award shows are bs. Star Trek 2009 was grandiose and deserved much more.

I loved ST 2009, I will continue to support any and all ST products and I encourage Paramount to plow ahead with this amazing and noble franchise.

Giaccino winning all kinds of music awards for the movie UP… give me a break. A real joke. The ST scores were far superior to any other movie in 2009.


93. Phobos - March 8, 2010

And yes I am angry!

94. Red Skirt - March 8, 2010

#87, LOL!

#92 … well Up was an improvement over the original Indonesian hit ;-)

But you are certainly entitled to your_opinion_!

95. Phil Smith - March 8, 2010

#20 – I agree. The one thing about Star Trek films that’s consistent, it is good scores. The effects are hit an miss, the acting so-so and the stories pedestrian. Of all Trek movies, I still think Trek II remains the best in terms of score, effects, story and acting, even though the latter two are weak compared to the general line up of films in any given year.

96. Danpaine - March 8, 2010

“23. skyjedi – March 7, 2010
Avatar got owned by Hurt Locker a film i don’t know of a single person who had gone to see. Best Director and Best picture,wow.

Surely this is some sort of massive joke on the Academies part.”

Hurt Locker was far and beyond a much better film than Avatar. Much better. Avatar was a sub-par plot with brilliant visuals. In my humble opinion, of course.

97. The Chief Engineer - March 8, 2010

#94: Haven’t seen that clip before! Outstanding! Good set design…

98. Lauren - March 8, 2010

Mr Orci you must be so proud of the makeup team that worked on Star Trek

99. Lauren - March 8, 2010

I think in my opinion James Cameron should have won best director but the academy doesn’t care about Avatar or any sci fi film like Star Trek congratstto the make-up team and let’s hope future Star Trek movies will win oscars

100. Lauren - March 8, 2010

Excuse me how are the actors in JJ Abrams Star Trek kids

101. Bugs Nixon - March 8, 2010

Congratulations on the Oscar, you deserved more.

To JJ Abrams: your wife is hot.

102. CarlG - March 8, 2010

@83: Maybe, but they more than made up for it with the Alien itself. Yikes.

103. Gene L. Coon was a U. S. Marine. Stand at ease. - March 8, 2010

“102. CarlG – March 8, 2010
@83: Maybe, but they more than made up for it with the Alien itself. Yikes.”

Yeah the alien was cool, but the Nostromo floating around and blowing up like a bad 70’s lava lamp was laughable. You could pratically see the string!

104. The Disinvited - March 8, 2010

87. The Chief Engineer,

I suppose it might inspire the writing team to describe scenes’ and characters’ appearances in more descriptive language with a liberal application of more colorful metaphors?


105. philpot - March 8, 2010

#35 its hard to believe Khan didnt get ONE nomination…

in a perfect world Shatner and Montoban wouldve been nominated for actor and supporting actor – plus script, picture and director for that matter…but how come the FX, score, sound fx etc missed out?

Horners score was amazing – it was so good he even rejigged it for Krull, Aliens, Avatar etc

the FX were great (even more so then – and included the first use of CGI in a movie)

also III didnt get any – id have thought FX wouldve been a dead cert as IIIs FX were amazing (space dock, Enterprise destruction, Genesis destruction, Vulcan landing)

and why VI and FC didnt get nods for FX is pretty astounding when you think about it too

106. dmduncan - March 8, 2010

I’m happy to see Avatar got the Oscars it deserved. No more, no less.

107. dmduncan - March 8, 2010

I thought Star Trek deserved the sound awards. Hurt Locker was pretty much straight up explosions, gun shots, vehicular traffic, but ST.09 really recreated and amped up the sound effects of TOS and gave it the old school feel while still being oddly new.

Or even T:ROTF which had a LOT of creative sound work in it.

I would like to know from a sound engineer why Hurt Locker was so special, because it didn’t seem that way to me.

108. Dr. Cheis - March 8, 2010

As amazing as Star Trek’s makeup is, on a pretty regular basis, I can’t say it seemed any more or less outstanding for the most recent movie. Maybe it was all the visual effects and lens flares that made the makeup harder to see. Maybe this year’s makeup competitors just weren’t s good as normal. Either way, it’s been far too long without an Oscar under Trek’s belt.

109. Christine - March 8, 2010

I don’t care what it took. I’m happy Star Trek’s won an award!!!! No crits from me, I’m just thrilled that critics have liked it too.

Besides — ‘Trek got an award, District 9 got none. That made my day. I think my faith has been renewed in the Academies.

110. SciFiGuy - March 8, 2010

Avatar should have won Best Picture.

111. StarFuryG7 - March 8, 2010

#58 Hat Rick –what do you have against a little nostalgia?

And you didn’t give any reason, other than to say they were personal. But I said to email me as I would keep it in confidence obviously.

Whatever –my email is very easy to figure out obviously in the event you change your mind.

112. StarFuryG7 - March 8, 2010

#110 — How do you know that? Have you seen “The Hurt Locker”?

Not many people have.

113. CmdrR - March 8, 2010

I’ve seen The Hurt Locker.
It’s OK, but Avatar is an event.
The Academy went political on this one. Stop the war. Stop the war. I agree, but this was not a great anti-war movie, just an OK one.

114. ryanhuyton - March 8, 2010

“The Hurt Locker” deserved to win. Kathryn Bigelow deserved to win. “The Hurt Locker” is a classic. Kathryn Bigelow did an outstanding job. Grat acting. And I liked the fact that no one in the movie was trying to be macho. The characters had vulnerabilities. Anyone who says this movie sucks don’t know what they are talking about.

And this was a good year for sci-fi. “Avatar”,”District 9″,and “Star Trek”. All are instant classics. Still have to see “Moon” though.

115. SciFiMetalGirl - March 8, 2010

Congrats to Star Trek’s first Oscar winners! WTG!

116. Christine - March 8, 2010

I need to see “The Hurt Locker”. I am a SUCKER for war movies — Midway, Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump (does that one count?), Pearl Harbor, the 12-hour WWII documentary I watched like my life depended on it… Probably explains why I got into the Dominion War arc of DS9 so much.

War’s a fascinating thing. And it makes for awesome movies.
I’ll have to go see “Hurt Locker”. Besides, for once, a woman directed a huge movie. That makes it even greater in my eyes!

(Yeah, I’m a bit of a feminist. I like human rights.)

117. boborci - March 8, 2010

87. The Chief Engineer – March 8, 2010

No more than it already was.

118. SciFiGuy - March 8, 2010

Two Academy travesties: 1. ALIEN winning best visual effects over ST:TMP and 2. ET winning best visual effects over Blade Runner.

I’ll never forget!

ALIEN’s FX were GOOD (and I was glad to see VFX Director Brian Johnson win an award since I was a fan of his work on Space:1999) — but they were nothing we hadn’t seen before. Space:1999, the Star Wars films…ALIEN was just reusing that same technology. The makeup effects were groundbreaking, but other than that…notsomuch.

Same for ET. We had seen a lot of the techniques used in that film over and over. Blade Runner was a TRULY groundbreaking film that deserved the VFX Oscar in 1982. Douglas Trumbull should have gotten that for being robbed in 1979. His work was always more groundbreaking than his peers! Close Encounters (which Trumbull also supervised) had better and more groundbreaking FX than Star Wars (again, Space:1999 had covered much of what Star Wars had done a few years earlier).

So, the Academy is often not very good judges in the VFX category.

Still, this year they finally got it right and awarded AVATAR the Oscar it deserved.

119. ryanhuyton - March 8, 2010

#118 The Academy also snubbed “Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan” and “Star Trek: First Contact” in the visual effects categories in their respective years.

120. U.S.S. Manila NCC-99232 - March 9, 2010

I love the Star Trek ’09 makeup!!!!

121. The Disinvited - March 9, 2010

Its been decades since I’ve been in a crowd that such things as the rules of the Academy were important. So I’m counting on people more up on things in this millennium to correct me if I’m wrong.

As I recall, the entire Academy only votes for Best Picture. For all the other categories it’s member peers voting for peers so it’s a bit of a stretch to whitewash the entire Academy for a non-Best Picture category win with which you disagree.

How the nominees get on the ballot is a bit mysterious but ultimately the Academy’s board bears the brunt of the responsibility for the names picked to go there.

122. DJT - March 9, 2010

I wonder what Ben Stiller was saying in Na’vi to James Cameron? Star Trek “too nerdy”?

123. Hugh Hoyland - March 9, 2010

#117 Bob Orci

If you are feeling any pressure in writting in a word, dont. Just relax with it, Im sure you KNOW when your penning good stuff. Just write the story and script the way it feels right to you and Alex. No need to try and out do anyone or thing. And eventually you’ll have a story where you both say “THATS IT” we have what we think is a dang good story, its then scripted, and sent to the studeo where they will most likely agree, “Good Job Guys”. Seems likely to me.

124. The Chief Engineer - March 9, 2010

#117: No more than it already was.

Mr Orci

It must be encouraging to know that the Academy are finally recognizing Star Trek. Largely down to you guys. Are we allowed to ask how the writing in progressing?

125. StelArian - March 9, 2010

Boys and girls… Oscars are for best achievement and NOT for best prosthetics! Yes, Il Divo was great… but Star Trek was BEST! The Academy didn’t award Spock’s ears or Nero’s tattoos. Makeup is about prosthetic, but most of all is about how skin reflects on the silver screen. Just focus on the faces of the actors. Under any lighting conditions, there skin was UNIQUE! This kind of makeup you will find it.. NOWHERE! Who ever says otherwise, simply has NO IDEA about makeup at best or is blind at worst.

Well done Star Trek!

126. Do You Wanna Dance - March 9, 2010

Would have been nice to make a mention of Gene Roddenberry and HIS vision, too, and the fact that it was long overdue for Star Trek to win an Academy Award. Nevertheless, the win was very much appreciated, though, with no disrespect to the other nominees, the other nominees didn’t have much of a chance against a blockbuster like Star Trek with a team of 40 make-up artists.

127. Red Skirt - March 9, 2010

#125, makeup also includes hair. I didn’t really see any great achievements in hair in Star Trek. So it’s a weighted award. No points for hair, but a lot of points for makeup. I have to say, I thought the makeup_and_hair looked totally unique and amazing in The Young Victoria. That’s not to say I think it should have won. Would love to have seen how close the vote was however.

128. Lauren - March 9, 2010

I don’t know when Bob and Alex will write the story for Trek XII let’s hope it’s soon I am getting bored that there isn’t any developments on the sequel.

129. dmduncan - March 9, 2010

Bob — don’t know how you’re coming along in your SF reading research, but if you haven’t read it yet, read FOOTFALL (Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle). I JUST finished it for the first time, and it’s one of N/P’s best, ranking up there with The Mote in God’s Eye. I can see why it was a NY Times bestseller.

Great aliens in the Fithp. Wish more unusual aliens like that (not knobby headed humans) played a more central role in some Star Trek stories.

130. Munster79 - March 10, 2010

Why not go without a villain next time around, perhaps? Maybe some phenomenon like the probe in The Voyage Home might be worth considering – something which brings about a correction in the timeline even, but maybe that’s too much of a cop-out after effectively re-writing Trek history in the last movie. But please, please, please, no Khan. Leave that great character’s story end at Star Trek II. As for the Oscar? The patchy green body paint does wrankle a bit, I guess, but what the hell, an Oscar is an Oscar!

131. Hugh Hoyland - March 10, 2010

I would say by now Bob and Alex have already come up with a story,or at least a basic premise. And you never know it may include Khan, which like Ive said many times on this forum that would not bother me at all if done right (not cheezy). So trying to pitch ideas at this point might be fun, but probably will just be I will say this, I want Star Trek 2 to be the SGT Peppers of the franchise. Mind blowing philosophy, Twilight Zone endings, K/S fans running out of the theaters, screaming in terror!….thats what I want.

132. philpot - March 10, 2010

131 – yes i too wouldnt mind a healthy dose of Twilight Zone/Outer Limits/TOS season1 eeriness in the sequel – some scares, horror, twists and plain weirdness..

ST09 had a touch of it (the opening, delta vega, the mild meld etc) but i want more! (and some khan)

133. Hugh Hoyland - March 10, 2010

132, Philpot

Yes thats what I want to see as well, now if thats what I get with the sequel is a different matter. There Im just speaking from a fanboy viewpoint. The sequel is in the hands of Bob and Alex and the SC of course, and im pretty darn sure they will come up with something that is enjoyable, clever, and fun to watch like Star Trek 09 is. Even if it doesnt contain those elements exactly as I would envision. I dont want to sound like a kiss up, but I really like these two guys after listening to the comentary they did on the Star Trek 4 DVD. It showed they are fans, just like us, and they love the franchise. Its in good hands IMO.

134. tanisha - June 7, 2011

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