Mister Tee wrote:(as when Ed Wood's one character beat out the more tradition Mary Shelley's Frankenstein...
Um, there was a little more make-up going on in Ed Wood than just the Martin Landau character. Each character had to be reshaped to resemble the actors from those movies, including Lisa Marie to have Vampira's over-the-top make-up, turning George "The Animal" Steele into Tor Johnson, Bill Murray into Bunny Breckenridge and don't forget the subtle work of Johnny Depp's "dentures" in the movie.
Also don't forget that Ed Wood's win here isn't so much a triumph over Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as it was a win over the Best Picture winner that year: Forrest Gump. Another thing that helped propel Ed Wood into the winner's circle was not only the support behind it, but the fact that it had three of the industry's leading make-up artists working on it: Rick Baker, Ve Neill & Yolanda Toussing, the latter two who won the previous year for Mrs. Doubtfire.
That being said, I don't see huge amounts of support for Barney's Version or The Way Back that would propel either two into a win here. While The Wolfman may not be a loved film, the demo reel they're shown may be enough to show off how much make-up was utilized for the film, which will propel it into a win.