The 2019 Oscars were full of all kinds of firsts this year, but the anticipation of who the winners for Costume Design, Makeup, Hairstyling was what this show was all about for all of us here at MWS. With no host on deck, this year’s Oscars had a heightened feeling of solidarity and changing times. But really the only change is the credit- all of this talent has been here and hard work is getting its due!
2019 Oscar Winner: Best Costume Design
Wakanda forever!! Say it again! We at MWS are over the moon for Ruth Carter’s win for her work on Black Panther. This was the first Oscar win for a Marvel movie. Ruth is a designer of great imagination, and in her acceptance speech said that “Marvel may have created the first black superhero, but through costume design, we turned him into an African king. ”
Carter wove in influences from African countries and people, as well as influence from Afro Punk and more contemporary expression within the black community. The result dazzled us all and took Carter down the red carpet and up to the stage where she belongs. Carter also gave a shout out to Spike Lee, who gave her her start in the business, and who later leapt into the arms of Samuel L. Jackson when he received his own first Oscar. What an exuberant night!
2019 Oscar Winner: Best Hair and Makeup Design
Transforming a known actor into a known public figure is always sort of titillating, but this years winners truly amazed audiences by transforming Christian Bale into many incarnations of Dick Cheney, spanning his entire adult life, in the film Vice. The award was shared by Greg Channon (who previously won for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mrs Doubtfire and Dracula), Kate Biscoe and Patricia DeHaney. Working from the very recognizable images of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush created a clear target, but these looks took experimentation and dedication. Figuring out how one face can look like another is a specific art and this was an absolute, and chilling, masterpiece.
MWS congratulates all of these incredible artists for their wins, and for the inspiring work that they do. These designers tell big stories with big ideas, and we’re so proud of them!