Star Trek Beyond crew Joel Harlow and Richard Alonzo woke up to some pleasant news today. Their work on the film’s makeup and hairstyling has been nominated for an Academy Award.
With Beyond snagging this nomination, all three of Kelvin-timeline films earned Oscar nominations. 2009 got four nominations (makeup, sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects) while Into Darkness got one (visual effects again).
Perhaps since it’s primarily seen as a TV franchise, Star Trek has never had a great relationship with the Oscars. When Star Trek does get recognized, it’s typically in technical fields (sound, special effects), including makeup, given the host of alien characters that Star Trek demands. The entire Next Generation film franchise got only one nomination: First Contact for, you guessed it, makeup.
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Still, Trek movies have received 16 nominations from the Academy Awards since the crew first encountered V’Ger.
So while we don’t want to set our hopes at full impulse, Beyond actually has a pretty good chance of winning this year. First, it’s only competing against two other films (Suicide Squad and A Man Called Ove) and second, this is a category where the Academy seems to like the Kelvin-timeline movies: Star Trek (2009) won this category in 2010 – the franchise’s first (and only) Oscar win. Harlow was among the makeup artists recognized that year.
A complete list of the Academy Awards this year is available here.