Oscars make-up artist: Leonardo DiCaprio 'likes what I do'

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image captionSian Grigg spent up to five hours a day applying makeup and prosthetics for DiCaprio's role in The Revenant

A make-up artist who has been nominated for an Oscar has said the process was "almost worse than an exam".

Sian Grigg, from Cardiff, has been nominated for an Academy Award for her work with Leonardo DiCaprio on The Revenant.

Ms Grigg told BBC Radio Cymru it was a privilege but wondered if she would find work again after the ceremony.

"They say it's not a good thing to win an Oscar, hopefully I will work again," she said.

DiCaprio thanked Ms Grigg during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, where he won the best actor award for the film.

"He obviously likes what I do or he wouldn't ask me to do it again," Ms Grigg told Dylan Jones's programme.

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image captionSian Grigg has also worked on films including Suffragette and Ex-Machina

"I'm very fussy about make-up, I never like anything I've done myself. I always try to do better - I think that's why he's happy to keep working with me."

Ms Grigg said she heard before Christmas she had been shortlisted, and had to prepare a 10-minute film of her work which she took to Los Angeles to show to members of the Academy and answer questions.

"It's almost worse than an exam... It's a very odd experience. I'm not used to standing on a stage and talking to people about the work I do.

"I'm much better at doing it than talking about it."

Ms Grigg said she was looking forward to the ceremony, on 28 February.

"It will be a privilege, I really don't know what to expect. I know I'll need to go shopping for a dress, I hope it will be a fun night."

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