Johnny Depp to Receive The First Distinguished Artisan Award at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards

Johnny Depp.  The man who made guyliner hot.  (All apologies to Keith Richards and Robert Smith.)  Seems only fitting that he get a shout-out at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards.  So guess what?  He is.  Because from Edward Scissorhands to Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp has rocked some serious style.  Yes, even when he played Hunter S. Thompson.

He’s receiving the Distinguished Artisan Award, thanks to his use of make-up and hairstyling to really flesh out his characters.  Which I think is awesome.  I had no idea these awards had been “on hiatus” for the last ten years, but as an FX geek I’m glad to see ’em back.

With makeup maestro Dick Smith and hairstyling goddess Gail Ryan receiving a Lifetime Achievement Awards this year?  Oh man I wish I could be there.

Wanna know what the Guild has to say about this award and this year’s receipient?  Gotcha covered.  More after the jump!

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. (PRNewsFoto/Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild)

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. (PRNewsFoto/Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild)

Johnny Depp to Receive Distinguished Artisan Award at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards, Feb. 15

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Johnny Depp will receive the Distinguished Artisan Award from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild, Local 706, at their awards ceremony, as announced today by guild President Susan Cabral-Ebert. The awards ceremony, returning after a hiatus of 10 years, will be held on February 15, 2014, at Paramount Studios. Joel Harlow, Depp’s make-up artist, will present the award. M.A.C. Cosmetics is the Diamond Level Sponsor and the Official Cocktail Reception Sponsor. For a full list of 2014 nominees, visit

“Make-up and hair artisans agree that Johnny Depp is a wonderful selection to receive our first Distinguished Artisan Award. 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,” said Cabral-Ebert.

Johnny Depp is one of the most prominent actors working today. The award-winning characters he brings to life through film are uniquely enhanced with make-up and hair stylist artistry. Beginning with Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands in 1990, Depp creates indelible characterizations, making it hard to imagine any other actor in these roles. His iconic performances in Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice in Wonderland; and the Pirates of the Caribbean series, are among the 50 plus roles he has played, which have been brought to life in partnership with his gifted make-up artists and hair stylists.

Presenter Joel Harlow is an Academy AwardŽ winning make-up artist whose recent collaborations with Depp include MortdecaiInto the Woods (2014), Transcendence (2014), The Lone Ranger (2013), Dark Shadows (2012), The Rum Diary (2011), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006). Harlow is also well known for his work on Star Trek (2009), for which he won an Academy AwardŽ.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be bestowed to Gail Ryan and Dick Smith. Additional awards will honor nominees for outstanding achievements in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.

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