24 January 2013 2:41 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Ever since Robert De Niro’s shocking 60-pound weight gain for “Raging Bull,” radical body transformations without a heavy hand from prosthetics have been Oscar gold.

Hillary Swank won her first Oscar after dramatically shedding pounds and hair in “Boys Don’t Cry”; she won again when she bulked up for “Million Dollar Baby.” Tom Hanks also found success with the diet game, first for “Philadelphia” and again for “Castaway.” But, like Hanks, Charlize Theron proved it’s not always just about weight but about total appearance transformation in “Monster.” Call it the Academy’s respect for method acting.

Now, Anne Hathaway may have the lock for the Feb. 24 Academy Awards in the supporting actress category for her part in “Les Misérables,” for which she lost 25 pounds and looks emaciated.

Still, there have been some transformations on par or exceeding the above success stories that left the actor without a golden statue, »

- Jason Boyd

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