Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Makeup needs making down

Prior to the death of Heath Ledger, yesterday's Hollywood news was filling up with Oscar coverage, including great merriment at the nomination of Norbit in the Best Makeup category. I'm still trying to figure out who there is out there watching Norbit and thinking, "Geez, that's great makeup." And are they the same people listening to the Enchanted soundtrack on their iPods?

While many have figured out ways to poke jokes at this nomination, I think it raises a deeper existential question about the Best Makeup category. Such as, should the Best Makeup category exist? Is there any more extraneous Oscar category out there? If quality performance in the discipline is so rare that you need to use Norbit to fill out the nominations, is it really that essential to the filmmaking process?

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