Donald Mowat on the set of Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany
Born in Montreal, Canada, to British parents, Donald Mowat is one of the industry’s most sought-after makeup artists. As makeup department head/designer on such films as Sicario, Nightcrawler, Prisoners, The Fighter and 8 Mile and as personal makeup artist for Daniel Craig on Spectre and Skyfall, Donald’s skill and professionalism have kept him in constant demand for the last twenty-five years.
Respected by colleagues, actors, directors and producers alike for the creativity and passion he brings to his craft, Donald’s active contribution to the support and development of new talent is also warmly admired.
He has been an exemplary leader in the film community, serving two terms on the board of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and successfully lobbying the Academy to recognise makeup artists with the annual Canadian Screen Award.
From 2008 until 2014 Donald was also on the board of the Actors’ Fund of Canada, an essential lifeline for those in the performing arts suffering from severe health or financial problems. In 2011, his petition on behalf of their vital work was a major factor in the fund receiving a special Gemini Award for continued service to the television community.
A longtime member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, in 2012 he was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Donald volunteers his time for numerous charitable organisations and continues to work with the BAFTA LA membership committee and as a mentor with their outreach program.
While Donald’s career in major studio features enjoys an international reputation at the highest level, both as Head of Department and Personal Makeup Artist, his credits also include independent art house projects. Donald continues to work in editorial, print and theatre as a consulting makeup designer.
1987: Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, Donald’s first credit as Head of Department, gained him a nomination for the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup.
1989: Admitted as Journeyman member of IATSE Local 798 New York.
1992: Donald won his first major award, a Prime Time Emmy: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for Enchantment – Mark Twain and Me. He also won a CableACE award for the same production.
1998: Admitted to the Hollywood IATSE local 706 Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild; Special Gemini Award for Achievement in Makeup for the CBC production The Sleep Room.
1999: Donald was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences where he has served on the Makeup branch executive committee for many years.
2000: Nomination: Three Kings – Hollywood Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards
2003: Nomination: 8 Mile – Hollywood Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards
2004: Nomination: The Human Stain – Hollywood Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards
2006: Gemini Award, Achievement in Makeup: Prairie Giant – The Tommy Douglas Story
2011: Nomination: Repo Men – Saturn Awards
2013: Nomination: Skyfall – Saturn Awards
2014: Winner: Prisoners – Hollywood Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards; Winner: Prisoners – Saturn Awards
2015: Nomination: Nightcrawler – Hollywood Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards
2016: Nomination: Sicario – Hollywood Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards; Nomination: Sicario – Saturn Awards; Winner: Nocturnal Animals – Grand Jury Prize 73rd Venice Biennale
2017: Winner: Nocturnal Animals – Hollywood Makeup Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Awards; Nomination: Nocturnal Animals – BAFTA Awards