The team, composed of two Italian and one American artists – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson -, won the Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the results achieved working three hours a day on the super-criminals, Margot Robbie and Will Smith, leading roles of the film “Suicide Squad”, written and directed by David Ayer. Their work was so outstanding they beat the illustrious colleagues that created makeup and hairstyles in “Star Trek Beyond” – which bookmakers considered by far the most likely winner – and “A Man Called Ove’.
The American makeup artist that contributed to this Oscar took care of the makeup of the character Killer Croc – a super villain with skin resembling a crocodile’s. Nelson, was born in Pittsburgh but has lived in Los Angeles since he was 15 years old, has worked in many important productions including “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “The Amazing Spider-Man” and the “Kill Bill” saga.
Giorgio Gregorini is one of the best hairdressers in the world and for “Suicide Squad” he has also worked as wig supervisor, actually creating and applying the wigs on the actors. His filmography credits showcases titles such as “Moulin Rouge”, “Gangs of New York”, “Troy”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. Gregorini, surprised by the victory, touchingly dedicated it to his late wife.
“I come from Italy. This Oscar is dedicated to all immigrants.” said Alessandro Bertolazzi in his acceptance speech, thanking his wife, Giovanna, for having supported him throughout his life as he tightly clenched the Oscar statuette that he had just won. Bertolazzi, born in Vercelli, was the leader of the make-up and hairstyling team of the film and for him this was his first nomination, even if he has been working in Hollywood for about 10 years as part of the renowned Milton agency’s team. His life is divided between London and Los Angeles and he has worked with Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.
However, the turning point for him has been “Malena” by Tornatore, in which he worked with Monica Bellucci. Recently he has received accolades also from the Guild Awards and from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Nonetheless he had not prepared any victory speech for the Academy Awards and the dedication of his award to the immigrants was a spontaneous reference to the Republican administration’s immigration policies applied by Trump, because Bertolazzi believes that no wall can be built against dreams.