Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tuesday Top Ten: Wigs

tuesday top ten: a weekly series for the list lover in you and the list maker in me

Time for the Tuesday countdown. In celebration of Halloween, this week's list focuses on a subject that's been on my mind since screening the notably "wiggy" Elizabeth: The Golden Age in which Cate Blanchett emoted beneath a parade of hair pieces. Thus, I give you:

Top Ten Movie Wigs

10 "Hedwig" in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
John Cameron Mitchell's German rocker grabbed that "Wig in a Box," helping to kick-off the return of the movie musical with style. The Farrah Fawcett hairdo, with an edge.

09 "Amadeus" in Amadeus (1984)
I'd like to consider Tom Hulce's Mozart a distant relation to Hedwig. They certainly share a certain flair when it comes to wigging out.

08 "Ron Burgundy" in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Will Ferrell has made his career through kitschy bad hair. In the case of this smug portrayal of a 1970s news anchor, his hairpiece (it is a rug, right?) is frighteningly similar to one my father used to wear.

07 "Bernadette," "Mitzi" and "Felicia" in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert(1994) The costumes took the prize at the Oscars, but each of these lovely drag queens (brilliantly embodied by Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, respectively) topped their sparkly duds off with fantastic and outrageous faux hair.

06 Owen Wilson as himself in anything. Yes, I know he's not wearing a wig, but he makes the list because he's got the kind of hair I'd most like to see copied by others hoping for that perfect crown of California sunshine. Farrah, eat your heart out.

05 "Hobbits, Elves, Wizards and Men" in The Lord of the Rings (2001, 2002, 2003)
Whether it was the eighties-like curly mullets sported by the Hobbits, the "never had a bad hair day, EVER" tresses of the Elves, the unruly locks of "Galdalf the Grey" (replaced by the sleek style of "Gandalf the White," who apparently discovered conditioner when he made his return), or the greasy rocker look of "Aragorn," nearly every character in the trilogy was be-wigged.

04 "Elizabeth" in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Immediately after a screening of this film, I declared that the film should have been called "Elizabeth: A Wig for all Seasons." My personal favorite was her long and luxurious look for battle. It went so well with that shiny armour.

03 "Marie Antoinette" in Marie Antoinette (2006) Living the decadent lifestyle as the doomed French queen, Kirsten Dunst and her royal gal pals wear wigs that are as tasty looking as a beautifully layered cake.

02 "Velma Von Tussle" in Hairspray (1988)
No disrespect to Michelle Pfeiffer's '07 incarnation, but Debbie Harry's Velma has one of the most gloriously loopy wigs in movie history.

01 "Mia Wallace" in Pulp Fiction (1994)
While there are certainly more outrageous movie wigs, Uma Thurman's black-haired bob (an update of the stunning look made famous by silent star Louise Brooks) is the most iconic. I think I have a special affinity for the 'do, since it turned into my lazy Halloween costume option during the mid 1990s.

Which fake hairdo is most inspiring to you? What movie-themed wigs have you sported on Halloween in the past and which one will it be this year?


Catherine said...

Hey, great idea for a top ten! I'd love a Mia Wallace wig to wear tomorrow...

The Liz said...

Speaking of Owen Wilson's non-wiggitude, his makeup in "wedding Crashers" is distracting. For someone who's supposed to be on a serious downward spiral, he sure nows how to use the blush and eyeshadow.

adam k. said...

What about Portman's pink bob wig in Closer? I remember that seeming like a big deal at the time.

Also, Hedwig wig should be WAAAAY higher than #10.


agreed that Hedwig's wig is in a class of its own. So crazy and character perfect.

but what a fun list. And I can verify that Susan speaks true. She declared ELIZABETH: A WIG FOR ALL SEASONS as soon as we were done with our screening. We didn't know at the time that renaming Elizabeth would take off. Nick's review also renamed it several times.

I heart that Owen's on this list and I love 'perfect crown of California sunshine' line. well done Susan

but where is Bride of Frankenstein? Too spot on perhaps for Halloween.

Anonymous said...

Hello, Evita? FABULOUS wigs, darling. And how can we forget To Wong Foo? Ms. Noxeema Jackson's various do's are quite a sight.

Colin said...

I'm a sucker for the black-haired bob, and I thought that both Uma Thurman (in Pulp Fiction) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (in Chicago) nailed the fiery look.

Neel Mehta said...

Nice list. I eagerly await a Top 10 list of Hollywood's best beards.

SusanP said...

Wow, can't believe I completely forgot about the Bride of Frankenstein!!! Lists like this are of course arbitrary and in this case it was a matter of personal brainstorming (though I did ask a couple of friends for their wig thoughts. But had I remembered Bride of Frankenstein, you can bet it would have been on there. And probably number one.

So yeah, now it's my "Top Eleven Movie Wigs" ;)

Anonymous said...

Some thoughts on crazy wigs...

Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element: The half-shaven head, while not a wig, was totally outrageous.

Adrien Brody in The Son of Sam: You can't find those spikes elsewhere.

Johnny Depp in Pirates!! - He basically revamped the Pirate costume for Halloween.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget to mention especially in regards to Marie Antoinette that at one stage, they have motherfucking BOATS in their hair!

Anonymous said...

No mention of David Bowie's Goblin King from Labyrinth? Now THAT was a definitive hairstyle...

Anonymous said...

Actually Uma's wig in Pulp Fiction looks similar to Miranda Richardson's wig in The Crying Game.

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