Which movie received the first competitive Academy Award for Best Makeup?
The Elephant Man
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Planet of the Apes
An American Werewolf in London
Although two Honorary Academy Awards were presented during the 1960s for work in makeup, there was no specific award until the 1982 Oscar ceremony. In 1980, there was an outcry when artist Christopher Tucker was not recognized for his work on “The Elephant Man,” and in response, the Academy created a new award in 1981.
Veteran artist Rick Baker won this first competitive makeup artist for his work on “An American Werewolf in London.” To date, Baker holds the record for this category, with 11 nominations and seven wins for the Academy Award for Best Makeup (which in 2012 was renamed to Makeup and Hairstyling).
Answer: The correct answer is An American Werewolf in London