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‘Star Trek’ fans are feeling salty about ‘Suicide Squad’ winning the makeup Oscar
Did Harley Quinn and Killer Croc really have more impressive makeup than the aliens in ‘Star Trek Beyond’?
STAR TREK BEYONF WAS THOUSAND TIMES BETTER DID YOU SEE KRALL, IT WAS NOT CGI AND THEY SIT THERE SINCE FIRST LIGHT—FUCJ https://t.co/xZikj7g7AJ
— khris (@robbtheon) February 27, 2017
It’s easy to understand this response. Star Trek Beyond featured intensive prosthetic makeup for its alien characters, including several in lead roles. Meanwhile Suicide Squad had one character with similar levels of prosthetics (Killer Croc), plus the iconic clown makeup for Harley Quinn and the Joker. (A Man Called Ove required highly realistic “old person” makeup to transform its lead actor into an older man, but as a Swedish comedy drama, it didn’t inspire the fannish backlash of Star Trek.)
Technical categories are often controversial at the Oscars, because while the nominees are chosen by their immediate professional peers, the entire Academy votes for the eventual winner. Actors, producers, and assorted Academy members know less about technical jobs like sound mixing or makeup, and Suicide Squad may have benefited from being such a high-profile movie with memorable makeup for characters like Harley Quinn—even if it wasn’t technically complex as Star Trek.
Or, of course, Suicide Squad might simply have included the best makeup after all, and Star Trek fans are just feeling salty.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.