Oscar makeup race mixes it up

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Three effects-heavy movies, three intimate dramas and a satirical comedy are the seven films up for consideration in the best makeup category for the 81st Annual Academy Awards.

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Dark Knight" and "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" are on the makeup shortlist announced Tuesday.

Those three will compete against dramas "The Reader," "Synecdoche, New York" and "The Wrestler" as well as the comedy "Tropic Thunder," in which Robert Downey Jr. appears as an Australian Method actor playing a black soldier.

On Jan. 17, members of the Academy's makeup branch will view 10-minute excerpts of the shortlisted films and nominate three for final Oscar consideration.

Nominations will be announced Jan. 22; the Oscar ceremony is Feb. 22. (partialdiff)
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