Oscar: Size Matters–Theron, Charlize in Monster

In 2003, Oscar winner Charlize Theron did such a radical act of physical transformation–adding 30 pounds, wearing false teeth and heavy makeup–that she was barely recognizable in Monster.

It did help that she played a flashy real-life role, serial-killer-prostitute-lesbian Aileen Wuornos. In 2002, Nicole Kidman did not gain or lose weight for playing Virginia Woolf in “The Hours,” but there’s no doubt that the prosthetic nose and unglamorous wardrobe, which concealed her natural beauty and elegance, were major ingredients of her performance. Kidman’s co-winner that year, Adrien Brody, shed over 30 pounds to play the Holocaust survivor in “The Pianist.”