Sunday, February 26, 2012

Congratulations and Thank you Dick Smith... for everything!

Finally make up artist Dick Smith was honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences with an honorary award for his massive contributions to cinema!  Last night's Oscar telecast only showed clips of the presentation dinner where Rick Baker (the first Oscar recipient for make up effects) presented the award.   I was obsessed with Smith's mind-altering monster make up magazine published by Famous Monsters in the 60's and it  inspired me to want to pursue make up effects!  He was probably the most important and innovative character make up artist since Jack Pierce.  I will always remember my first impression of graphic gore and superior old age make up on the big screen in HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970).

You can view the event on YouTube:

Smith did previously win a make up Oscar for AMADEUS (1984).

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