Charlize Theron’s Oscar-Winning Formula Involves Getting Fat, Prosthetics

When Charlize Theron talks about how to triumph during awards season, you’d better listen. She’s a two-time Oscar nominee, a four-time Golden Globe nominee, the star of such respected fare as “Monster,” “North Country” and… “Aeon Flux.”

Hey, not everyone’s a winner, right? Ms. Theron is nonetheless a critically-lauded thespian, and her latest offering — she plays a loathsome yet hilarious YA novelist in “Young Adult” — has once again landed her in the middle of awards-season chatter. Could this be the year she adds a second statue to match the first, which she nabbed for her turn as a serial killer in “Monster”?

Perhaps. But it most certainly is the year you can learn from Theron about how to win an Oscar. In the latest episode of “After Hours,” the 36-year-old sat down with MTV’s Josh Horowitz to explain how to cozy up to the Academy and walk away with a little golden statuette. The easiest way? “Do what I did,” she declared. “Just get fat and put a bunch of prosthetics on.”

Hear that, aspiring Hollywood A-listers? Skip that acting class and just watch “After Hours.”