Transgender And Drag At The Oscars! A Fabulous Pictorial!

Categories: Film

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In Albert Nobbs, Glenn Close (above) convincingly plays a woman who dresses like a man in order to nab some employment in 19th-century Ireland.

But it's the kind of stunt that can also nab you awards consideration.

Here are some other actors who switched genders (or donned drag) and grabbed Oscar recognition.


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MARLENE DIETRICH's only nomination was for playing a smoky cabaret singer in 1930's MOROCCO. This was her come-as-you-are look.

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JUDY GARLAND in the classic musical A CROSS-DRESSER IS BORN

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JACK LEMMON went undercover as a lady in the 1959 screwball classic SOME LIKE IT HOT. He was nominated for Best Actor, but didn't win. "Nobody's perfect."

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CHRIS SARANDON got a supporting nomination for 1975's DOG DAY AFTERNOON, in which Chris's sexual reassignment surgery was being paid for by hubby Al Pacino's bank robbing. It was like Bonnie & Christine Jorgensen.

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Best Actor nominee DUSTIN HOFFMAN found he was much better liked as Dorothy in 1982's cross-dress classic TOOTSIE. Been there.

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The same year as Tootsie, JULIE ANDREWS got a nomination for playing a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman pretending there are bugs in the food in VICTOR/VICTORIA.

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LINDA HUNT was riveting as a guy (the petite, half-Chinese photographer Billy Kwan) in 1983's YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY. Linda deservedly won Best Supporting Actress -- yes, Actress.

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WILLIAM HURT nabbed Best Actor for 1985's KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, playing the campy, imprisoned queen with a taste for Hollywood kitsch. Brava!

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GWYNETH PALTROW copped Best Actress for 1998's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, in which all's well that ends male.

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HILARY SWANK copped her first of two Oscars for playing Brandon Teena, a biological girl living as a boy, in 1999's BOYS DON'T CRY. An astounding performance full of heart and conviction.

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FELICITY HUFFMAN was nominated for Best Actress for the 2005 road trip TRANSAMERICA, in which her son didn't know that his dad was now his mother. Felicity made a believable transsexual.

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CATE BLANCHETT was nominated for playing Bob Dylan in 2007's I'M NOT THERE. Strangely, her Oscar win was for playing a woman! (Katie Hepburn.)


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