Star Trek Wins Oscar For Makeup + Pine & Saldana Present – Report + Photos & Video

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


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

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

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!

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 :)

Congratulations guys and gals!

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

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

A good night! 30 years in waiting!

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.


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.

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-

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

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

Congrats, Trek makeup team.

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

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

Painting a woman green is really, really difficult.



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

And with red hair!

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

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.

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!

#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.

Heh, Dark Knight.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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

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???

#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.

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!!

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! :-)

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.

#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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

Yeah, that’s the guy.

Small world.

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”.

#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.

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!

^^ Please disregard typo above.

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’.

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.

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!


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.

#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.

#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.

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