Oscar-winning make-up artist Rick Baker and Emmy-nominated hair stylist Kathryn Blondell will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, Feb. 14, at Paramount Studios Theatre in Hollywood.
“The bodies of work of Rick Baker as a make-up artist and Kathryn Blondell as a hair stylist are legendary, and we are proud to rank them among the best in the history of our profession. They are extraordinary artists and accomplished leaders in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name them as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipients,” said Susan Cabral-Ebert, president of the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, IATSE Local 706.
With seven Oscars and his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Baker holds the record for the most Academy Award wins and nominations bestowed upon any make-up artist. Baker began sculpting and building monsters at a young age and rapidly grew into a formidable presence in the film and television world with his ability to transform actors into otherworldly characters with incredible realism. He received his first Oscar for make-up artistry in 1981 for American Werewolf in London, followed by Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Ed Wood (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Men in Black (1997), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The Wolfman (2010).
Blondell has over 100 film and television hair styling credits, an Emmy, a BAFTA award, and three more nominations, and she is the first woman to serve as governor of the make-up artists and hair stylists branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her craftsmanship has been greatly admired for both period and contemporary films. Her credits range from The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) to Django Unchained (2013), The Great Gatsby (2013), The Aviator (2004), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Cast Away (2000), Prizzi’s Honor (1985) and Romancing the Stone (1984). She has also been the personal hair stylist for celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Hudson and Goldie Hawn.
In addition to presenting one Lifetime Achievement Award in each discipline, awards will be given in more than 15 different categories, with a special Distinguished Artisan Award for an actor or actress who was a distinguished creative partner in the process of making memorable characters throughout their career.