Seven pics in Oscar makeup race


Seven films -- ranging from "Apocalypto" with its tribal Mayan facepaint to "X-Men: The Last Stand" with its multihued superheroes -- have advanced to the next round in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' competition for the best makeup Oscar.

The other films on the shortlist announced Tuesday are "Click," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "The Prestige" and "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause."

On Jan. 20, the Academy's makeup award nominating committee will view 10 minutes of excerpts from each of the films. After the screenings, members will vote to nominate three films for Oscar consideration.

Nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 23. The awards will be presented Feb. 25 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland.