Oscar night is as much about the clothes as anything else. The Academy Awards give Hollywood an excuse to dress up and to indulge in a little pomp and circumstance. In 2013, Seth MacFarlane drew some flack for his hosting of the event. Critics called his performance sexist and juvenile, thanks in large part to a song, delivered from the Oscar stage: “We Saw Your Boobs,” in which he called out Oscar nominated ladies for the movies where they had appeared topless.
If someone were bothered to defend the song, they might say that MacFarlane was looking to puncture the pomp of the Academy Awards and point out, as directly as possible, that the purpose of movies is to entertain. And entertainment can often mean titillation. Maybe, the mistake wasn't the song itself, but the fact that it was too narrow. A lot of any year's nominated actors have appeared naked on screen, as well. With that in mind, here's a list of this year's acting nominees who we've all had the chance to see naked. These men and women will all arrive at the red carpet in tuxes and designer dresses, but here's a reminder that they got there, in part, because they were willing to drop their clothes altogether in front of the camera.
16 Cate Blanchett
15 Brie Larson/Jennifer Lawrence
This entry leads to kind of an uncomfortable subject. Brie Larson and Jennifer Lawrence are both among the most accomplished actresses of their generation. Both are nominated for an Oscar this year, Larson for playing a kidnapped mother in Room and Lawrence for her role as the spunky lead character in Joy. Neither has ever appeared naked in a movie. And yet, seeing them naked is just a Google click away. That’s because both actresses were victims of the massive phone hack that led to private photos from dozens of celebrities being dumped onto the Internet. And, of course, once the pictures hit the net, there was no way to remove them. So while it's probably true that we've seen them naked, it might be the higher moral ground to pretend like we haven't.
14 Matt Damon
Like Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon has avoided nude work for most of his career, although he did disrobe for some earlier roles. He was especially prone to nude scenes in more prestige projects early in his career. The most notable of these was The Talented Mr. Ripley from 1997, in which he played a man with a dangerous obsession with his upper-class friend, played by Jude Law. A little earlier in his career, Damon appeared in a group shower scene in the movie School Ties. This year, Damon is nominated for his performance as a stranded astronaut in The Martian.
13 Rachel McAdams
12 Alicia Vikander
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander had a busy 2015. She is nominated for her role as artist Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl and appeared as the key character in the sci-fi hit Ex Machina. And those were just the big roles - she also appeared in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Burnt during the year. Vikander also had a busy year in terms of nude scenes. In both her major films from 2015, she appears completely naked. In The Danish Girl, her character strips for her soon-to-be transgender husband (played by Eddie Redmayne). In Ex Machina, Vikander spends most of the movie as a robot, but at one point, tries on some human body parts.
11 Christian Bale
The general vibe around Christian Bale seems to be that he's no stranger to nudity. This is largely based on one memorable role as the sexy killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, in which he spent a good amount of time in sex scenes of various levels of depravity. But recently, Bale's roles have been rather staid. With three appearances as Batman (generally locked inside a plastic suit), a role as a futuristic general in Terminator Salvation and Oscar nominated roles in prestige projects like The Fighter and American Hustle, Bale has stayed away from bare skin lately. This year, Bale is nominated for his role as a hedge fund manager with Asperger syndrome in The Big Short.
10 Sylvester Stallone
There was a time in the late 1980s and early 1990s when Sylvester Stallone showed his butt on film a lot. Movies like The Specialist, Demolition Man and Tango & Cash featured the star's physique prominently, even though he was in his 40s at the time.
While Stallone's core nudity run came later in life, he was no stranger to explicit films. Before becoming famous, he took a couple hundred bucks to star in a skin flick, 1970's The Party at Kitty and Stud's (he played Stud). After Rocky became a hit in 1976, the soft core movie was re-released as The Italian Stallion, named after the character Rocky's nickname.
9 Rooney Mara
8 Leonardo DiCaprio
7 Mark Ruffalo
With his unassuming good looks and affable charm, Mark Ruffalo has made a career playing romantic comedy leads and off-beat characters. Even his big-budget vehicles, like The Avengers, use him more like a friendly brother-in-law rather than a sex symbol. He's not a guy you'd expect to see naked on film. But in 2003, he starred in the erotic thriller In the Cut with Meg Ryan. The movie was famous at the time for its graphic nude scenes - surprising in themselves, but even more so for the clean-cut on-screen reputations of the two stars. This year, Ruffalo is nominated for playing an intrepid investigative reporter in Spotlight.
6 Eddie Redmayne
5 Tom Hardy
4 Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh couldn't be further from naked in her Oscar nominated role from this year, bundled in layers of clothes against a Wyoming blizzard in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight. Over the course of her career, she's shown a willingness to disrobe, however.
It started as early as 1982's Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Phoebe Cates gets all the topless buzz from that movie, but Leigh (who turned 20 in the year Fast Times came out) has two sex scene of her own. Her most famous nude scene is probably from a decade later. In 1992's Single White Female, she played an obsessed stalker who seduces her roommate's unsuspecting boyfriend.
3 Michael Fassbender
Despite being one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, both in terms of his box office appeal and in terms of his classical good looks, Michael Fassbender's most famous nude scenes tend to be less than sexy. Take 2011's Shame. The movie involves plenty of nude scenes of Fassbender. But the movie - about a sex addict self-destructing over the course of the movie - goes out of its way to sap any joy out them. This year, Fassbender is nominated for playing the title character in Steve Jobs, a biopic about the founder of Apple. One could argue that Jobs, with his penchant for turtle necks, this is yet another high profile Fassbender role with the sex drained out of it.
2 Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet basically made her name with a nude scene. She was already an established actress when 1997's Titanic came out (she had already been nominated for an Oscar for 1996's Sense and Sensibility). Still, the role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in one of the biggest juggernauts in Hollywood history made her an established star. And key to the movie's popularity was the romance with DiCaprio, centered on the sexy scene where he sketches her in the nude.
Winslet's latest Oscar nod marks her seventh nomination, with several of the nominated roles involving graphic nude scenes (2008’s The Reader comes to mind – the movie that represents her only Best Actress win). This year’s role lets the 40-year-old keep her clothes on. She's up for her role in Steve Jobs, where she plays Jobs' loyal executive Joanna Hoffman.
1 Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling has been stripping for the camera for more than 40 years. This year, she's nominated for her role in 45 Years, a story of a couple whose marriage faces a breaking point just as their 45th anniversary approaches. The film doesn’t ask much in the way of sexiness from the 69-year-old star, but that's unusual for her career as a whole. Rampling has been naked on screen dozens of times, most notably in The Night Porter, which involves her performing topless while wearing a sexed-up Nazi uniform. Her most recent notable nude appearance took place in 2009's Life During Wartime, where the actress, then 63, performed yet another topless bed scene.