Oscar Nominees: The Inside Story

Before the red carpet is rolled out, get to know some standout stars and find out what made their performances so special.

Charlie Theron

Nomination: Best Actress, Monster
Why Her?: "What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins's Monster isn't a performance but an embodiment," wrote Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert.
Did You Know?: The former model, 28, gained 30 lbs. and wore heavy dentures and leathery latex makeup on her face to portray serial killer Aileen Wuornos.