EW Staff
January 20, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Charlize Theron is among this year’s EW.com Award winners

FOR ”Monster”

WHY? Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for wearing a putty nose in ”The Hours,” and Renée Zellweger earned laughs with her Krispy Kreme-enhanced bod in ”Bridget Jones’s Diary,” but it’s all just skin-deep next to Theron’s makeover for ”Monster.” The former runway model shaved her eyebrows, grew a beer gut, be-freckled her face, greased her hair, and stained her teeth to play real-life streetwalker-turned-serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Of course, Theron’s startling transformation would have seemed like just another stunt had she not also convincingly conveyed her character’s paranoia, loneliness, and rage. Could this be the same willowy blond arm candy from ”The Legend of Bagger Vance” and ”The Italian Job”? Like Hilary Swank in ”Boys Don’t Cry,” Theron transformed not only her image but her career.

(Golden Globe nomination: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama)

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