Before the Oscars, They Belonged to Us, Part 2

Disclaimer: This article may contain sarcasm; irony and “LOLs” proceed with caution.

Greg Cannom wins!Our second stab at the Oscars contains make-up effects and score (“>read part 1 here). The make-up effects, followed by the visual effects and technical awards, remain my favorite parts of the show; here you got to see your heroes: Rick Baker, Howard Berger, Chris Walas or Rob Bottin in the audience. Even the great Stan Winston could have been out there, back in the day. Though best known for his “visual effects” wins—he brought home an Oscar for best make-up in 1991 for Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Here genre fans can rejoice, Greg Cannom brought home the gold, again, for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Cannom, a genre elder, worked alongside (just to name a few) Fincher, Coppola, Landis, Dante, Blatty, and Cohen creating all sorts of character and creature make-ups.

This part of the list also has a Lost Boys connection; Cannom designed the make-up and Thomas Newman, nominated for WALL·E created the score. Elfman also makes the list under score, his achievements already rock and I love to mention Nightbreed when I can.

Onto the list… (and may the Tribes of the Moon embrace you.)

Best Achievement in Makeup:

  • Greg Cannom for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Winner):
    Make-Up Department:
    The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Idle Hands, House of Frankenstein, Kull the Conqueror (Not horror, but appeals to the Frazetta in all of us), Thinner, Dracula, Alien 3, The Pit and the Pendulum (Charles Band!), Subspecies (Charles Band!), Flatliners*, Meridian, “Tales from the Crypt”, The Exorcist III (I have great love for this film and a great love of Jason Miller), Cyborg, “Monsters” (“Mmm, Candy Critters,”), Fright Night Part 2, The Lost Boys, “Werewolf”, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Vamp (More Billy Drago flicks on the list), “Amazing Stories”*, Dreamscape, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Curtains (Vestron!), The Howling, It Lives Again (Assistant to Rick Baker), The Fury, Manbeast! Myth or Monster?, The Incredible Melting Man

    Special Effects:

    Miscellaneous Crew:
    The Lost Boys (Vampire Prosthetics and Effects)

    Michael Jackson’s Thriller
    It Lives Again
    (Larry Cohen at the Oscars!)


    Basekt Case!

  • John Caglione Jr. for The Dark Knight:
    Make-Up Department:
    Amityville II: The Possession, Friday the 13th Part 2, Basket Case (Frank Henenlotter at the Oscars), Amityville 3-D, C.H.U.D., My Demon Lover, Poltergeist III, The Blob (Remake), Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Special Effects:
    Amityville II: The Possession

  • Mike Elizalde for Hellboy II: The Golden Army:
    Special Effects:
    Dreamcatcher (Horrible film; best adaptation of King’s dialogue), They, Blade II, The Frighteners, Lord of Illusions, Species, Addams Family Values, Darkman, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Total Recall, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child
    Watchers, Blood: The Last Vampire, The Gravedancers, Blade: Trinity, Hellboy, Howling V: The Rebirth, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, The Cellar

    Make-Up Department:
    Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Blood: The Last Vampire (Creature & Makeup Effects Designer), The Gravedancers, Hellboy (Makeup Supervisor), Howling V: The Rebirth, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (Puppeteer)

    Miscellaneous Crew:
    Mighty Joe Young (Remake)(Puppeteer), The Cellar (Animatronics Engineer)

  • Thomas Floutz for Hellboy II: The Golden Army:
    The Cave, Cursed, Hellboy, Underworld, Halloween: Resurrection, Blade II, Mimic 2, “Tales from the Crypt”, Puppet Master III: Toulon’s Revenge (Nazis, puppets and Richard Lynch), Beetlejuice, Evil Spawn, Creepozoids, Critters

    Special Effects:
    Hellraiser: Bloodline (Additional Effects Crew: Kevin Yagher Productions, Inc.), Se7en* (Painter: Rob Bottin Production Crew), Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (Crypt Keeper Effects Crew: Kevin Yagher Productions, Inc.), A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child (Cosmetics Creator: Todd Masters Company), Ghoulies II, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (Special Effects Makeup Assistant: Reel EFX, Inc.), From Beyond (Fabrication Crew: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries)

    Miscellaneous Crew:
    Man’s Best Friend (Puppeteer), From Beyond (MMI crew)

    Visual Effects:
    Ghostbusters II

    Twilight Zone: The Movie!Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score:

  • James Newton Howard for Defiance:
    Music Department:
    The Devil’s Advocate*, Twilight Zone: The Movie (Song Producer)

    I Am Legend, King Kong (Remake), The Village*, Dreamcatcher, Signs*, The Sixth Sense*, Stir of Echoes*, The Devil’s Advocate*, Flatliners

  • Danny Elfman for Milk:
    Music Department:
    Corpse Bride, Psycho (Remake), Mars Attacks!, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, Bordello of Blood, “Tales from the Crypt”, Dolores Claiborne, Shrunken Heads, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Army of Darkness (Composer: Theme “March of the Dead”), Beetlejuice, Forbidden Zone (Music Arranger)

    The Wolfman, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Corpse Bride, Sleepy Hollow, A Simple Plan (Not horror, but Raimi), Mars Attacks!, The Frighteners, Dolores Claiborne, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Nightbreed, Beetle Juice, Summer School, “Amazing Stories”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, Forbidden Zone

    Corpse Bride, Donnie Darko, Army of Darkness, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters II, Teen Wolf Too, Summer School, Forbidden Zone

    The Nightmare Before Christmas (Voice), Forbidden Zone

  • Thomas Newman for WALL·E:
    The Shawshank Redemption, The Lost Boys, “Amazing Stories”*, Revenge of the Nerds (perhaps a Dread Central favorite?)

    The Lost Boys (Music: “Back To The Carnival,” “To The Shock Of Miss Louise”)

    Lastly, part 3 (The Marsupials) will focus on visual effects and sound with a touch of the Technical Awards, which were wrongfully left out of the Oscars this year. All this and a whole lot more, for you, the kids I love. Stay tuned and stay scared.

    Heather Buckley

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