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10 Oscar Winners Prove That the Academy is Obsessed with Appearances

2. Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank played Brandon Teena, a transgendered teen, in the heart-wrenching film, Boys Don’t Cry. To prepare for the role, Swank spent weeks researching stories of transgender teens and adults and even lived as a man for one month, cutting off her hair, putting socks down her pants and strapping down her chest. Swank’s sincere commitment to the role earned her the Oscar for Best Actress in 1999.

actors who dramatically changed their appearance to win an oscar

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