There was some online chatter and disbelief over American Hustle being overlooked when the Hair and Makeup Nominations were announced and Flowers explains it this way.
“A lot of the people who have gotten into The Academy have been recognized for their special effects skills. Movies heavy on prosthetics get a lot of attention because it takes skill, artistry, knowledge of chemicals, and products. So The Academy loves special effects; very rarely will a movie get voted in for just pretty makeup. The hair was fantastic in American Hustle but the Academy favored aging makeup this year. If the award was just for hair, they would have gotten in but it is hair and makeup taken together.”
The Lone Ranger was nominated, specifically for Johnny Depp’s makeup as Tonto. “Johnny’s aging makeup was brilliant,” says Flowers. “They aged his whole body. The Academy loved it.”
Flower’s film Catching Fire made it to the Bake Off because, she says, she and her team made the wigs like Effie’s gold wig. But, in the end, “I’m not sure they knew what to make of it because it couldn’t be slotted into a specific genre. It’s not a period film, it wasn’t heavy on special effects, but it was intense hair and makeup.”