A show like Game of Thrones offers artists ample opportunity to show off their work. Westeros and Essos are portrayed as a medieval world… but it’s not quite our world. George R.R. Martin’s fantasy setting gives all the artists involved in the production free rein to mix and match different styles from many cultures all around the globe, as well as make stuff up that never existed in real History. This year, the makeup artists and hair stylists working for Game of Thrones were duly awarded for their creativity.
The sixth season sadly didn’t win at the Writers Guild of America awards, where the show itself and the season finale were nominated, yet today the HBO show rebounded with its two wins at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.
The show was nominated in three categories, including Best Special Makeup Effects for a Television and New Media Series, which it lost to Westworld and its admittedly great SFX-enhanced makeup (Visit our sister website for more on that amazing show!)
The other two categories were Best Period and/or Character Makeup and Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling, for a Television and New Media Series. Game of Thrones won them both, against competitors with pretty impressive makeup and hair work: Penny Dreadful, Saturday Night Live, Stranger Things, Westworld and Masters of Sex.
The winners in particular were Jane Walker and Kay Bilk for Best Character Makeup, and Kevin Alexander and Candice Banks for Best Character Hair Styling. Their victories are yet another addition to the many accolades season six received, in particular the penultimate Battle of the Bastards episode. As well as the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, many other guilds and organizations have awarded last year’s season, including the Emmys, the Critics’ Choice Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, the American Society of Cinematographers, the Directors Guild of America, the Visual Effect Society and, just yesterday, the Cinema Audio Society. It’s been a good year for Game of Thrones!