‘Hateful Eight’ and ‘Danish Girl’ snubbed as Oscar narrows Makeup and Hairstyling category to 7

Surprising snubs in this year's race
Johnny Depp in "Black Mass"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the seven contenders for the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar this afternoon and for the first time this season we have some major snubs on our hands.  The seven potential nominees that will be eventually rounded down to just three finalists include:

“Black Mass”
“Concussion”
“Legend”
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
“Mr. Holmes”
“The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared”
“The Revenant”

Clearly, the “100 Year-Old Man” was an unexpected surprise, but it was who was missing that really scratched heads.  It appears the MakeUp branch was not impressed by the work in “The Danish Girl,” “Crimson Peak,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Trumbo,” “Pan” or “Cinderella.”  Although those looking for below the line support for Best Picture contenders should note the inclusion of “The Revenant” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.” It was unclear whether “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens” was eligible for consideration (we’re going to guess no).

The Academy revealed that on January 9, 2016, all members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films.  Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar consideration.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at 5:30 a.m. PT .

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