Probably because there does seem to be a strong-ish inverse relationship between degree of transformation and number of Oscars, Extreme Role Preparation has become something of a sport amongst actors. Who can change her appearance the most drastically? Who can learn a new skill? Who can seclude himself in a hotel room for a month with no company except a diary? (And you thought staying until 7:30 p.m. to finish a report was dedication.)More
This is such an OG metamorphosis and performance that "Charlize-ing yourself" practically became a verb. The pro salary negotiator gained 30 pounds and wore facial prosthetics, two moves that translated into three big awards: a SAG, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar.
Note to self: If ever cast as consumptive prostitute, RUN. For the first part of the Tubercular 19th-Century Sex Worker Diet, Hathway went on a cleanse. Minus 10 pounds. For the next 15, it was "two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day." Hathaway did call the whole process "a little nuts," but nothing tastes as good as an Academy Award feels, maybe?