LOS ANGELES – In an awards season that seems to have a ceremony for every facet of filmmaking, the Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild awards returned after a 10-year hiatus with an award for Johnny Depp.
The actor received the first-ever distinguished artisan award for his work in films including Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.
Depp’s honor was presented by his long-time collaborator and makeup artist Joel Harlow, who is nominated for an Academy Award this year for makeup in The Lone Ranger. Depp also starred in the film.
This is a great honor, but glancing up at the screen I realize what a ridiculous thing I’ve done, joked Depp while accepting his trophy after clips of his work were shown at Paramount Studios theatre on Saturday evening.
I mean seriously, why do they still give me jobs? he added. I’ve done a lot of things. ... I should probably apologize for a few, but I won’t.
Resembling the boozy party that is the Golden Globes rather than the formal Oscars, the makeup and hair stylists awards was a reunion for the behind-the-scenes artists. Some of the evening’s other awards went to Oscar nominees Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa for best special makeup effects and Dallas Buyers Club for best period and/or character makeup.
Best contemporary hair styling went to the stylists for Lee Daniels’ the Butler. Makeup artist Dick Smith and hairstylist Gail Ryan received lifetime achievement awards.