Despite all the early buzz and predictions, Star Trek Beyond didn’t end up with the win at tonight’s Academy Awards.
Star Trek Beyond Doesn’t Win 2nd Oscar For Franchise
Tonight at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood Star Trek Beyond had one nomination, Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Alas, nominees Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo were beat out for the gold by the team from Suicide Squad. Even before the show Harlow was expressing humility for just being nominated.
Regardless of tonight’s results, I am honored and lucky to have worked alongside an incredible crew of artists and technicians! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/qlxlCDF9pI
— Joel harlow (@joel_harlow) February 26, 2017
Beyond’s impressive menagerie of aliens included Krall’s reptilian enemies, that alien who hid the Macguffin in the back of her head, and of course Jaylah, who – alas – did not turn out to be a Xindi skunk. Going into tonight’s event, there was a lot of Oscar buzz for Beyond. Both the Hollywood Reporter and Variety predicted Star Trek would pick up the Oscar. The movie also came up a winner for Best Special Makeup Effects at the Hair Stylists Guild Awards last week, usually a leading indicator of Oscar gold. And there was no particularly high-profile competition – neither Oscar bait (La La Land would have won this award easily) nor a blockbuster (Terminator 2 and The Nutty Professor vanquished Undiscovered Country and First Contact respectively).
Makeup design has long been a field where Star Trek excels. Four of the 13 Star Trek movies have been nominated for makeup – the others were Undiscovered Country, First Contact, and the 2009’s Star Trek (which won). Makeup accounts for a quarter of the 16 Academy nominations for the franchise as a whole. On the small screen, Trek always dominated makeup. Guru Michael Westmore was nominated for an Emmy every year of the modern Trek franchise, from 1988 to 2005, sometimes more than once the same year.
Star Trek wasn’t up for a visual effects award this year, but a Trek alum did take home the gold. Robert Legato who won two Emmys while working on Star Trek: The Next Generation picked up the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for his work on The Jungle Book. This got the notice of TNG Star Marina Sirtis who sent out a congratulatory tweet.
My old TNG buddy Bob Legato just won for Visual Effects!! #Oscars
— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) February 27, 2017
Trek Stars At The Oscars
Star Trek was represented on stage at the Academy awards. John Cho and his Beyond co-star Sofia Boutella each had the opportunity to present awards. Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg (Next Generatation) was featured in a supporting actress montage and Michelle Yeoh (Discovery) was shown presenting the Governor’s Award to Jackie Chan.
Finally, Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin – who passed away in a tragic accident last year – was featured in the “In Memoriam” segment.