Ma Rainey’s black background won two Oscars for costume design, makeup and hair styling. The film, about sidelining African-American musical traditions, made history with its two victories.
At 91, Ann Roth is the oldest costume designer to win an Oscar. Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson emerged as the first African American women to win the Oscar in hair and makeup. They shared the Oscar with Sergio Lopez-Rivera.
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman won nominations in the lead actor categories. Netflix’s release is dedicated to Boseman, who died of cancer on August 28, 2020.
George C Wolfe’s film is adapted from August Wilson’s musical and is based on blues singer Ma Rainey. Among the themes of Ma Rainey’s black background is the nature of creation and collaboration and the appropriation of black musical talent by white producers and record labels.
The main event is a recording session with Ma Rainey (Davis) and her band in 1927. Among the musicians is young trumpeter Levee Green (Boseman), who wants to make his own music and annoys his bandmates with his sound. arrogance.
The supporting cast includes Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman and Michael Potts as Ma Rainey’s band members.
A full-blown diva, Ma Rainey arrives late for the shoot, insists on including her stuttering nephew in a recording, and bickers with her manager and producer. Meanwhile, Levee flirts with Ma Rainey’s girlfriend, Dussie Mae (Taylour Paige).
Ann Roth created a horsehair wig for Viola Davis, she said Variety. Ma Rainey’s shimmering and daring costumes were made to the measurements of singer legend Aretha Franklin.
Research by Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal and Jamika Wilson included vintage photographs of Ma Rainey consultation.
“One of the things that’s tricky, more with makeup than hair, is when you’re filming with blacks and whites in the same scene, usually someone is compromised,” said Mia Neal. Deadline. “Like, either blacks look a little ashy or white people look washed out. It’s hard to make everyone look beautiful or real… ”
Among the questions posed by makeup artist Sergio Lopez-Rivera were: “… who was this woman?” And the other research was about the world she lived in. You know, what was going on back then in the country? What was her level of freedom, in terms of women’s rights? As an African American woman, what was available to her? What were the obstacles? All this socio-economic [background]. You know, what was his capacity? What was his education? What is his psyche? ”
Sergio Lopez-Rivera also used Bette Davis’ fondant effect – in which makeup drips off the face – for Viola Davis, he said. Deadline.
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