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Russ Fischer

Suicide Squad's Oscar win wasn't the first big moment in this year's Oscar telecast — that was the well-deserved win for Mahershala Ali in Moonlight — but it was a divisive early moment in a ceremony that ultimately went insane. The internet reacted swiftly to the Squad's victory, and the argument over the film's win was, in some ways, a perfect representation of arguments about the movie itself.

Regardless, the honored team of Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Nelson did some excellent work for the movie.

Our editor Jase Peeples asked the team about their work on the film backstage in the press room, focusing on the fact that the trio was tasked with creating film adaptations of characters that have a dedicated and vocal fanbase.

'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Bertolazzi admits there is some pressure, but also talks of moving beyond it:

"Yes, of course it’s incredible pressure, but with the pressure you can do nothing. You just start in the moment and use your experience, your talent. This is the moment you have to do something. You forgot everything, you forget the pressure, you do the best of your best."

Christopher Nelson spoke up after his colleague, with a more blunt note about their intentions:

"You don’t go into it trying to make everybody happy, you go into it trying to interpret the story, and tell the story that the director is trying to tell. You go into it to create characters an audience can relate to. Hopefully we did that."

Killer Croc in 'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Killer Croc in 'Suicide Squad' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Those comments from Nelson make it sound like he and the whole makeup team were right in sync with the fairly anarchic spirit of David Ayer's movie. From the on down, the focus was clearly on enabling and emphasizing the ideas Ayer and the actors worked out.

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It would be great to know how a version of that works better as a whole might have led to the film's makeup being more highly rated as well. Could a better movie have helped sell some of the more hotly debated makeup concepts? Regardless, the execution of the designs was on point, and bold enough to get voter attention.

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