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The 9th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706), presented by HASK® Beauty, will return to a live ceremony on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The hybrid event will also be presented on a digital platform and streamed to a worldwide and inclusive audience. The MUAHS Lifetime Achievement Award is given to one make-up artist and one hair stylist for an extraordinary spectrum of acclaimed work, exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences, or outstanding service to their union or the entertainment industry. Voting opened Friday, October 22, online for members only. Winners will be announced on November 15 and will be honored at the MUAHS gala on Saturday, February 19, 2022.
2022 MUAHS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
NOMINEES FOR HAIR STYLING
2022 MUAHS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
NOMINEES FOR MAKE-UP
Fred Blau, Jr.
Janice Alexander, Journeyman Hair Stylist
Jan Alexander joined IATSE Local 706 in 1978 and became a journeyman in 1979. Throughout her career, she elevated the quality of the hair styling and made it worthy of recognition. Her craftsmanship excelled like few others and the diversity of her skills commanded the best quality shows, incredible crews and the results were spectacular. Whether it was a period film, superheroes, or the broadest comedies, her attention to detail and beauty of work was unsurpassed. The variety of film and television productions encompassed Max Headroom, Pleasantville, Spider-Man, Men in Black II, The Hulk, The Last Samurai, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises, Drag Me to Hell, Inception, Thor,
and dozens of others. Generous with her knowledge of the craft, you might often see other members gathered around her chair as she shared her techniques. Janice Alexander was very generous with her time as a Local 706 member—she was a member of the Executive Board, volunteered for events and assisted in the formation of thee CSATF classes that provided funding for education.
She has been the recipient of a Primetime Emmy and three other nominations. She has also received the Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award and two Online Film and Television Award nominations. Jan is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Judy Alexander, Cory, Journeyman Hair Stylist
In the fall of 1965, Judy A. Cory became a member of Local 706, during a time when the major studios had big stars on their payroll and churned out film after somewhat forgettable film. Judy was fortunate to work on many of those films and it prepared for an exemplary career ahead of her. Her first film was with Elvis Presley, United Artists’ Clambake. That was followed by a group of factory films but they starred some of the biggest stars of the day—Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson, Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, Kirk Douglas, Michael York, John Travolta, and many others under contract. Her expertise grew with each film to eventually become one of the most sought-after hair stylists to run the most notable films many of which were huge, complicated productions. Looking for Mr. Goodbar, The Lonely Guy, Misery, The Marrying Man, Hook, Forrest Gump, Congo, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, American History X, Patch Adams, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions and Collateral show the incredible diversity of Cory’s talents. The excellence of her work was rewarded with two Oscar nominations: Shindler’s List and Forrest Gump.
Alan D’Angerio, Hair Stylist
As an apprentice at NBC, Alan D’Angerio learned the intricacies of his craft through practice and application in every facet from soap operas to game shows to sketch comedy. His proficiency with wigs and period work made him immediately in-demand, showcasing his talents on the The Cotton Club, set in the 1920s-’30s jazz club in Harlem. Alan’s ability to tell a story through hair styling was displayed as he shouldered the anguished portrayal of the young attorney attempting to hide his HIV status in the film Philadelphia. Tom Hanks allowed Alan to shave his head and every progression was done with wigs, resulting in the beautiful but gut-wrenching story that earned him an Oscar nomination. Alan’s portrayal of the Working Girl was the epitome of the 1980s hair fashion. “I would throw Melanie’s hair in rollers, tease her hair in the front, bring it forward and spray it to death.” Married to the Mob began Alan’s longtime association with Michelle Pfeiffer and his list of multi-film clientele includes Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver, Glenn Close, Nicole Kidman, Al Pacino, and Ben Stiller. Because of his apprenticeship, it was instilled in Alan to mentor and educate dozens of hair artists over the years who would go on to bloom in their own careers. He takes great pride knowing that the extra time and attention given has encouraged and developed skills and abilities to others and has uplifted the quality of the craft. Alan’s mark of excellence has been left on so many films and television productions. Not only does he have an Oscar nomination, Primetime Emmy nominations, and Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild nominations as well. The OFTA (Online Film and Television Award) was presented to him for Game Change. A partial list of the outstanding films includes New York Stories, Goodfellas, Silence of the Lambs, First Wives Club, Galaxy Quest, Zoolander (1 & 2), Kate and Leopold, The Hours, School of Rock, Their Eyes Were Watching God, A Single Man, Girl on the Train, and Ocean’s 8.
Peter Tothpal, Journeyman Hair Stylist
Peter joined Local 706 in 1985 and has had a spectacular and varied career that has encompassed every facet of filmmaking—from the largest, high-profile action films to episodic television geared toward teenagers. From superheroes to vampires, Westerns to kindergarten playrooms, the breadth of Tothpal’s experience and quality of professionalism and expertise is superior. Peter’s career has been both as departmeent head and as personal artist, and often he does both simultaneously. He has been a personal artist to some of the world’s biggest stars—Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Garner, and Zoe Saldana. His capabilities with wigs and period hair styling with all time frames in history are exemplified from The Beastmaster, The 13th Warrior, Deadwood, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Scorpion King, La Bamba, Geronimo: An American Legend, Agent Carter, and many others. Superheroes seem to be a specialty—all three Terminator films, Avengers: Endgame & Infinity Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Iron Man 3, True Lies, Eraser, Another 48 Hours, and many others. True-to-life, gritty realism or contemporary looks from Rumblefish Vamp, End of Days, Peppermint and To Live and Die in L.A. show the amazing diversity of Tothpal’s talents. Peter Tothpal has received two Primetime Emmy nominations and three Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild nominations. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Joy Zapata, Journeyman Hair Stylist
Joy Zapata joined Local 706 and became a journeyman hair stylist in 1977. Beginning her entertainment hair styling career at Disneyland, Joy broke away and learned the craft of film and television hair styling and was immediately recognized as an artist who could accomplish and excel in every facet of developing outstanding characters for the screen. Her abilties to create fantastic characters from space and beyond led her to Galaxy Quest, Star Trek: Nemisis, Star Trek: Next Generation, Westworld and Blade. Her versatility created some of the most memorable hair fashions; the ’40s hair styles worn by Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde used ponytails, updos, braids.Whatever the situation created by the script, Zapata’s skills have raised the bar and she is widely recognized for her artistic abilities with wigs. Widening the scope of her talents, Joy has never been one to stick to one genre—the gritty realism of Westerns, period pieces (Under the Rainbow, The Artist, Masters of Sex, Good Night, and Good Luck.) present-day realism (Southland Tales, Legion, Malignant, A Star Is Born, Mojave), she excels and is an energetic and collaborative partner on every production. Joy spent many years as Jack Nicholson’s personal hair stylist on films The Departed, The Bucket List, Anger Management, As Good as It Gets, Mars Attacks! and numerous others. Joy has contributed not only her talents to a lifetime of film and television productions but she has also served her Local, both as an instructor who helped develop th CSATF journeyman classes and as an Executive Board member. She has won four Emmys and been nominated for three more. She has two MUAHS Guild Awards and another nomination. Joy Zapata is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Fred Blau, Jr., Journeyman Make-up Artist
A strong union member even before he became a make-up artist, Fred Blau, Jr. was accepted into the apprenticeship program in 1963. Not only was he trained as a motion picture make-up artist but was also involved with formulating cosmetics and rubber appliances. His first films were Planet of the Apes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Cool Hand Luke, and The Illustrated Man. Because of the experience on The Illustrated Man, he was offered the film Tattoo and became known as the go-to artist for skin ink that was removable, revolutionizing the entire industry. He capitalized on his resourcefulness and developed Reel Creations in 1995, and then expanded the cosmetic line to include REEL Blood, Airbrush Ink, transfers and other products, specifically geared to the film and television production. With more than 50 credits, including Addams Family Values, Armageddon, Johnny Mnemonic, Blood in, Blood Out, Apocalypse Now, and77 Sunset Strip, Fred is a member of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the the Television Academy. He won the Emmy for Amazing Stories and was nominated for five more, including Beauty and the Beast. He could transform actresses into goddesses, and credits include Charlie’s Angels and Scarecrow and Mrs. King. Fred has been extremely active with his union and was first elected to the Executive Board in 1967 and served for several terms. He was elected Vice President, then returned to the Executive Board from 1986 to 1991. He has also been a popular educator. Fred Blau has been an outspoken and effective advocate against the elimination of unfair wage and hour changes in Sacramento.
Michele Burke, Journeyman Make-up Artist
After emigrating from Ireland to Canada with only basic make-up skills learned at Shepperton Studios, Michele Burke took classes offered by the Canadian government, then apprenticed with a well-known Canadian make-up artist. She slept on the floor and worked on three films for no pay. After the third one, she grabbed a film no one else would take—Quest for Fire. The production took her to Africa and the Scottish Highlands, she had a crew of 25 and ended up winning the Oscar—the first woman to win the award for make-up artistry. Two more films depicting Neanderthals (Iceman and Clan of the Cave Bear, with Michael Westmore) plus her skills and abilities to do her own lab work and proficiency with prosthetics launched Michele and gave her a platform to pioneer gore and special make-up effects that are commonplace today. She was also one of the first women to have her own make-up lab. Michele won her second Oscar for Bram Stoker’s Dracula and has been nominated six more times (Interview with the Vampire, Austin Powers, The Cell, Rock of Ages, Vanilla Sky, Cyrano de Bergerac) and has been awarded with the BAFTA, Saturn Award, Hollywood Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards and an Emmy. Even though she is credited often as the make-up designer for a film, Michele is also very hands-on as the department head and normally does the make-up on principal actors, and maintains the budget. Her roster of actors includes Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Renee Zellweger, Penelope Cruz, Sharon Stone, Kirsten Dunst, Beyonce, and Keri Russell. As a longtime member of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, Michele was a diligent advocate for hair stylists to be listed as part of the team on the Oscar. She has been a mentor to make-up artists around the world, including the AMPAS Gold. She has traveled the world as a lecturer and conducted workshops, and was awarded an honorary professorship at the University of Shanghai. Michele Burke has also been acknowledged with a very special recognition by the Irish Film and Television Awards.
John Caglione Jr., Journeyman Make-up Artist
John Caglione’s career began in 1976 as a teenager when he met the legendary Dick Smith. Smith recommended Caglione to NBC in New York which proved to be an invaluable training ground of soap operas, variety shows, and the original cast of Saturday Night Live. He left NBC and began his film career primarily in special make-up effects and prosthetics design. His early credits include Quest for Fire (as part of the worldwide crew), Woody Allen’s Zelig, Year of the Dragon, Amityville 3D, and Manhunter, the film that introduced Hannibal Lechter to the world. He moved to California in the 1980s and joined Local 706 in 1989. John’s film and television credits are a mixture of both special make-up effects and prosthetics design, Department Head Make-up, and as longtime personal make-up artist to Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. Among his long list of credits include Poltergeist III, Dick Tracy, For the Boys Chaplin, Heat, Donnie Brasco, My Super Ex-Girldfriend, The Departed, American Gangster, 3:10 to Yuma, The Dark Knight, You Don’t Know Jack, Phil Spector, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sicario: Day of the Solidado, Golda’s Balcony, The Irishman and Hunters. John Caglione won the Oscar for Best Make-up on Dick Tracy and was nominated for the Oscar for The Dark Knight. He has received one Primetime Emmy and been nominated four more times, plus he has won a BAFTA and two more nominations. He is a member of both Local 706 and 798.
Robert (Bob) Mills, Journeyman Make-up Artist
Bob Mills began his career as a puppeteer at Disneyland and in children’s television both Hawaii and California. With his background in art and design, he became an apprentice under Bill Tuttle at MGM and still continued his apprenticeship even while serving in the U.S. National Guard. He became at journeyman in 1967. Working both in features and television, Bob’s resume spans from Hawaii 5-0 to Desperate Measures. He brought characters to life with a true artistic background using the nuances of highlight and shadow to sculp the face and transform them into unforgettable artistry. Mills’ feature films during the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s were some of the most popular films of the time. Pretty Woman, Ice Castles, Mr. Mom, Overboard, The Onion Field, Clean and Sober, One Good Cop, Zorro: The Gay Blade, Yes, Giorgio, Places in the Heart, Beaches, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, For the Boys, and dozens of others. He was the longtime personal make-up artist for Michaeel Keaton, and did several films with Bette Midler and Julia Roberts. Bob Mills is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Steve LaPorte, Journeyman Make-up Artist
As a youth, Steve LaPorte’s interests were primarily in art, magic, model making, and commercial art. On a whim, he auditioned for the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Clown College, was accepted (one out of only 48 accepted out of 3,500 applicants) and the next four years changed his life forever. While with the circus, he studied theatrical make-up and prosthetics, paving the way for his future. Steve settled in California and began his climb into the film and television industry and was hired for Universal tour’s “Land of a Thousand Faces” and “Castle Dracula’s” make-up shows. He met Fred Phillips who hired Steve to produce masks and prosthetics for Under the Rainbow where he met Ve Neill; in turn he met Tom Burman who mentored Steve at his studio producing prosthetics for Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, Buckaroo Bonsai, and numerous other films. He met Stan Winston and Rick Baker, then was hired by Rob Bottin for all of The Howling productions and dozens of other films. In 1984, Steve began working at NBC Studios running their make-up lab and joined Local 706. His next mentor, Ken Chase, brought Steve on board The Color Purple to do the aging make-ups for Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Danny Glover. As was the practice then, he was often uncredited but Steve was busy behind-the-scenes creating prosthetics and make-up effects for Who Framed Roger Rabbit and dozens of other films. LaPorte joined Ve Neill and Robert Short to win an Oscar in 1989 for Outstanding Makeup on Beetlejuice. He joined Jeff Dawn on Terminator 2 & 3 applying the Oscar-winning, groundbreaking make-up/digital FX artistry on Schwarzenegger. His skills and abilities have allowed him to head Lost, shot entirely in Hawaii, autonomously with his own lab to sculpt, mold, and fabricate all the make-up effects on site for the six season series, and did the same for TV series Intelligence, Bosch, Longmire and Code Black. Over the years, Steve Laporte has conducted classes for Local 706 members in character, make-up effects, facial hair, and clown make-up. He has won an Oscar and a Saturn Award for Beetlejuice, a Primetime Emmy for The X-Files, the MUAHS Guild Award for Breaking Bad, and the Oklahoma Film Icon Award. Steve LaPorte also developed and marketed the “Port-a-Case” set bag, and character cream make-up pallets for the “Facemaker Series.” Steve LaPorte is also a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.