Statement By Local 706 President Julie Socash On 2019 Academy Awards Telecast

"We know from some of our members, as talented artists and professionals, that they are disappointed by the Academy's decision to handle various awards in this fashion, even if on a rotational basis. As IATSE International President Matthew D. Loeb made clear in his statement, our members are "the core of any motion picture production." While we are looking forward to the Oscar telecast, our focus right now is on this Saturday night's Make-up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards where our members artistic contributions will be honored with the dignity our craft deserves."

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (IATSE Local 706) was chartered in November 1937. Today, membership includes over 1,900 artisans in the entertainment industry worldwide. Local 706 members are make-up artists and hair stylists who have created the looks for Hollywood's most memorable characters and stars of stage, screen, television and now the Internet. The wide-ranging domains of these artists include feature films and television, commercials; "live" network television, all types of theatrical productions and Disneyland theme parks. Local 706 Members have created notable characters competing for Academy Awards, Primetime Emmys, Daytime Entertainment Emmys, Saturn Awards,

BAFTA Awards, and many other honors for make-up and hair styling artistry including their own Hollywood Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards. The Local 706 Guild publishes The Artisan, a glossy quarterly magazine, and provides panels, workshops and training both for members and others interested in the field to foster a spirit of innovation in the craft. For more information, visit www.local706.org.

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