Oscar-Winning Make-Up Artist Rick Baker Honored with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Two Guinness World Records on Same Day
Guinness Adjudicator Mike Janela presents Rick Baker with his duo of Guinness World Records
November 30, 2012
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Guinness World Records recognized Academy Award-winning make-up artist Rick Baker with their top honors today in front of the Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum.
An influential force in the creation of film creatures and prosthetic makeup for more than 40 years, Baker received the 2,485th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. He was also presented with Guinness World Records for most Oscar wins, and also for the most Oscar nominations for Best Achievement in Makeup. He has been nominated a total of twelve times with seven wins: An American Werewolf in London (1981), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Ed Wood (1994), The Nutty Professor (1996), Men in Black (1997), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) and The Wolfman (2010).
Hollywood Walk of Fame guest speakers took refuge from the rain inside the Guinness Museum, while pop-up tents covered the ceremony area.
L to R: Men in Black Director Barry Sonnenfeld, Make-Up Artist Dick Smith, Hellboy Director Guillermo del Toro, Rick Baker
"We are proud to honor those who have successfully helped make Hollywood what it is today with their talent and magical creations that fans have enjoyed since the beginning of the motion picture industry. Rick Baker is a revered artist who we are proud to say started his extraordinary career in California, home of the movies," said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.
In the weeks leading up to the event, Baker and his wife, Silvia, visited the Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum twice to walk through the proceedings and witness the sidewalk being readied for his star. The Walk of Fame ceremony coincided with the DVD and Blu-ray™ release of MEN IN BLACK™ 3, for which Baker supplied a new spectacular population of aliens.
About the Guinness World Records Museum
One of the best things to do in Hollywood since 1991, the Guinness Museum is a top LA attraction, vividly showcasing records, from the great to the gross, in a fun up-close look at pop culture, sports, space, technology, animals, natural phenomena and, of course, the limits of human potential. The Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum is located directly across Hollywood Boulevard from the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum.
About the Hollywood Walk of Fame
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to administer the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies.
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