Here's Nicole Kidman in the role that won her an Oscar in 2002 (playing Virginia Woolf in "The Hours"). There's no question that it was a very good performance but, at the time, all people seemed to talk about was that nose. It's nothing new for performers to sacrifice their beauty to the characters they play. But sometimes, don't they seem real eager to do it?
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And here is Nicole Kidman without the prosthetic nose and mousy brown, severely styled hair. (The photo was taken Jan. 11, 2006, when Kidman attended the Simon Weisenthal Center event honoring Rupert Murdoch at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.)
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Beauty shame is not limited to women. Take, for instance, Johnny Depp, seen here in his guise as Willy Wonka in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Such transformations are nothing new to Depp. Just think about how he channeled Keith Richards in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Once he hit the "Chocolate Factory," though, he turned into someone resembling Michael Jackson.
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Now look at this. Kind of hard to believe it's athe same guy, but this is Depp as he appeared at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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Here's another actress as she appeared in an Oscar-winning role: Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena in "Boys Don't Cry" (1999).
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And voila! Here's Swank at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Jan. 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
For his role in "Syriana," George Clooney (center) is up for an Oscar, and he made it a point to gain 30 pounds to play the part. He told reporters, "People always think, 'Oh, that'll be fun,' but it's like going to a pie-eating contest every day. I was miserable, because there I was in Italy, and I wasn't looking forward to eating. Who doesn't look forward to eating in Italy?"
Here's the Clooney we're used to seeing, as he arrived for the Oscar nominees' luncheon Feb. 13, 2006. He and Johnny Depp have more in common than sacrificing good looks for their art: They both are former Sexiest Men Alive, according to People magazine.
Here are Kevin Zegers and Felicity Huffman in a scene from "Transamerica."
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And here are Zegers and Huffman as themselves, at a party for "TransAmerica" during the AFI FEST 2005 Nov. 6, 2005, in Hollywood.
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Here is Charlize Theron in a scene from her Oscar-nominated performance in "North Country."