15 Oscar-worthy transformations: Charlize, Eddie, Nicole and more

From dramatic weight loss to facial prosthetics, actors will often go the extra mile for a particularly lucrative film role – especially when a radical transformation can mean Oscar gold.

In 2015, fans placed their bets on Eddie Redmayne for the Best Actor statue after his incredible performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything - and they were right. To prepare for the physically challenging role, Eddie reportedly worked with a choreographer and studied ALS patients for months in order to accurately and convincingly play the brilliant, wheelchair-bound physicist.

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Back in 2014, it was Dallas Buyers Club that swept the Academy Awards courtesy of the superb acting and incredible physical changes of the film’s two stars, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

For his turn as a homophobic AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, Matthew – who is famous for his beefcake physique – lost 38 pounds of muscle by subsisting on just “fish and a cup of vegetables” for four months. Jared, too, radically altered his appearance to play Rayon, an HIV-positive transgender woman. Not only did he get down to 114 pounds, but he also waxed his entire body – including his eyebrows!


For their efforts, Matthew and Jared took home the Oscars for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.

Of course, jaw-dropping physical transformations are nothing new in Hollywood. Who can forget Charlize Theron’s turn as prostitute-turned-serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster? To portray the unglamorous and weather-worn character, the gorgeous star underwent an incredible make-under that left her unrecognizable, gaining 30 pounds and wearing prosthetic dentures, contact lenses and makeup.

Who else underwent dramatic physical changes for their Oscar-winning films? Click on the image to see more!

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