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Oscars 2014: The makeup of 'Dallas Buyers Club' and creating a realistic portrait of AIDS

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When you think about the look of Dallas Buyers Club, makeup probably isn’t top of mind. Everyone knows about Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s extreme physical transformations and Jean-Marc Vallée’s preference for natural light and handheld realism, but to the untrained eye, beyond the transgender beauty makeup on Leto’s Rayon, it might be hard to see on the surface why the film is one of the three Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar nominees.

All Matthew McConaughey had to do was gain and lose that weight, right? Wrong.

“People don’t realize how much makeup is actually in the movie, but that’s the ultimate compliment. That’s exactly what I was trying to do,” makeup lead Robin Mathews told EW.

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Johnny Knoxville's 'Bad Grandpa' could win an Oscar

UPDATE (Jan. 16, 2014): Steve Prouty nominated for an Academy Award in Best Makeup and Hairstyling

ORIGINAL POST: Most Hollywood makeup artists breathe easier knowing that flaws in their work won’t be obvious to the audience thanks to elements like camera lenses and lighting — plus, any manner of sins can be corrected in post. The Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa crew didn’t have that luxury. Instead, they had to turn 40-something Johnny Knoxville into an 86-year-old man by creating a makeup that looked believable in real life to people who would be just inches away from the actor’s face.

Faced with a nearly 10-month long shoot, three-plus hour daily makeup sessions, and the ever-present possibility that Knoxville would do something like throw himself through a glass window, lead makeup special effects artist Steve Prouty knew he had his work cut out for him. And boy, did his work pay off.

Not only did Knoxville make a convincing octogenarian, now Prouty and his team are in contention for an Oscar.

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