There is normally stiff competition in all the Oscar categories, but this year the award for best make-up is down to just two already. Only Frida and The Time Machine have emerged as contenders, when the pre-award tally is usually seven.
This means that the likes of The Hours and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers have been dismissed outright.
The acting chair of the Academy's make-up rules committee, Leonard Engelman, said "I think everybody was surprised. But what we have to remember is we're only looking for one - that one outstanding film". Having just two movies to choose from should make that task even easier.