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Lindzi Scharf
January 28, 2014 AT 07:49 PM EST

For Johnny Depp, the process of creating a larger-than-life character often involves spending hours in the make-up chair, a commitment that has earned the actor the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild’s inaugural Distinguished Artisan Award.

If he shows up to the ceremony (to be held February 15th in L.A.) the Guild will pay homage to the actor’s talent for transformation in films like Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Depp’s longtime make-up artist Joel Harlow (The Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Word’s End) will be on hand to present him with the award.

“Makeup and hair artisans agree that Johnny Depp is a wonderful selection to receive our first Distinguished Artisan Award,” Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild President Susan Cabral-Ebert said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “He, probably more than any other actor working today, uses the skills of our members to delineate his characters. Depp has constantly been an outstanding supporter of our crafts, ultimately respectful and appreciative of our members’ abilities and generous with his creative collaboration. A great artist himself, he allows others to shine.”

The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards — which returns after a ten-year hiatus — will also honor hairstylist Gail Ryan (How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 21 Grams) and special effects makeup designer Dick Smith (The Godfather, Amadeus) with Lifetime Achievement Awards and hand out trophies for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials, and live theater in 2013.

See the full list of nominees for the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Awards below.

Feature Length Motion Picture

Best Contemporary Hair Styling

Unfinished Song – Aurora Bergere

One Chance – Christine Blundell, Donald Mc Innes

Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Candace Neal, Robert Stevenson

Best Contemporary Make-up

Prisoners – Donald Mowat, Pamela Westmore

August: Osage County – Carla White, Bjoern Rehbein

One Chance – Christine Blundell, Donald Mc Innes

Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling

American Hustle – Katherine Gordon, Michelle Johnson

The Lone Ranger – Gloria Pasqua Casny, Jules Holdren

Jobs – Nina Paskowitz, Michael Moore

Best Period and/or Character Make-Up

Dallas Buyers Club – Evelyne Noraz, Rachel Geary

The Lone Ranger – Joel Harlow, Mike Smithson, Robin Beauschesne

The Great Gatsby – Maurizio Silvi, Lesley Vanderwalt

Best Special Make-Up Effects

Bad Grandpa – Stephen Prouty

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters – Mike Elizalde, Lufeng Qu

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Ve Neill, Nikoletta Skarlatos

Television and New Media Series

Best Contemporary Hair Styling

The Voice – Shawn Finch, Jerilynn Stephens

Breaking Bad – Georgie Sheffer, Carmen L. Jones

Bates Motel – Donna Bis

Best Contemporary Make-Up

Glee – Kelley Mitchell, Jennifer Greenberg

Super Fun Night – Debbie Zoller, Tami Lane

Breaking Bad – Tarra Day, Sheila Trujillo Gomez

Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling

Vikings – Dee Corcoran

Hell on Wheels – Chris Glimsdale, Penny Thompson

Key and Peele – Amanda Mofield, Raissa Patton

Best Period and/or Character Make-Up

Boardwalk Empire – Michele Paris

Hell on Wheels – Sharon Toohey, Rose Gurevitch

Key and Peele – Scott Wheeler

Best Special Make-Up Effects

Vikings – Thomas McInerney

Longmire – Steve La Porte

The Walking Dead – Greg Nicotero, Jake Garber

Television Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling

Behind the Candelabra – Marie Larkin, Yvette Stone

American Horror Story: Coven – Monte Haught

Killing Lincoln – Ardis Cohen, Greg Bazemore

Best Period and/or Character Make-Up

Behind the Candelabra – Kate Biscoe, Deborah Rutherford

American Horror Story: Coven – Eryn Krueger Mekash, Christien Tinsley

Game of Thrones – Paul Engelen, Melissa Lackersteen

Theatrical Production

Falstaff – Darren Jinks, Brandi Strona, Samantha Wooten

Magic Flute – Darren Jinks, Samantha Wooten, Brandi Strona

Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels – Vanessa Dionne, Cassandra Russek


Best Contemporary Make-up

Wash the Day Away (Kohler) – Tyson Fountaine, Brian Penikas

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