The Academy Awards may be mocked by many but in Hollywood, they are still the standard every actress strives for. To be an Oscar winner means being remembered, no matter how the rest of your career goes. Sure, you can argue how deserving (or not) some winners are but the point remains that to have an Oscar on your mantle is the dream of any woman in Hollywood and willing to do what it takes to get there. That includes showing off your body if it gets you attention and a bit more ahead.
Of course, women in the Golden Age of Hollywood didn’t have to worry about that but it’s more common today. Some are able to resist it; for all their experience and major hits, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock have avoided scenes in the buff (Roberts using a body double for Pretty Woman and other flicks). Also, while she was exposed in the 2014 celebrity hacking scandal, Jennifer Lawrence has said she has no plans to bare it all on film. However, that still leaves plenty of examples among the current crop of Oscar winners who have provided some very memorable scenes in the buff, so many that it’s hard to count. Many occurred before their wins and before they became famous while a few waited until after the had a statue to give it their all on film. With the awards coming up, here are the 20 hottest moments by Oscar winners where they bared it all, boasting more than just a gold statue to stand out.
20 Charlize Theron - Head In the Clouds
From her debut, Theron was known for roles that showcased her great body off and adding fantastic sex appeal to things. That includes baring it all in Monster, the acclaimed role that won her Best Actress and still her best turn on film, looking sexy despite the extra pounds and makeup. It’s a large amount of material to go through but perhaps the sultriest turn by Theron is Head in the Clouds, a drama of a woman fated to die before 35 and thus living her life to the fullest. This includes several very hot scenes with Penelope Cruz including a dance that’s practically a sex scene in itself. She also carries on with lovers, including a bit with nothing but a fedora and a tie and a hot smile, Theron on full display for it. No matter her role, the blonde is a stunning figure and this is her best example of it.
19 Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
Breaking to stardom in The Princess Diaries, it looked like Hathaway was destined for children’s fare in various other movies. But in 2005, she made a bold move to break into adulthood with roles in fare that showed herself off. While the indie Havoc was okay, it was her role in Brokeback Mountain that showed Hathaway was ready for riskier fare showing off her very nice chest. The 2010 drama Love and Other Drugs didn’t do that well at the box office but Hathaway went all out for her role as a dying woman having an affair with a doctor. Doffing it constantly and little shame in the sex scenes, Hathaway showed her fantastic body to full effect. It makes it more impressive how she “dirtied up” for her Oscar-winning turn in Les Miserables as it takes true talent to look so down-trodden when you know how amazingly hot this lady is.
18 Cate Blanchett - Carol
Her acting achievements are amazing as she’s had seven nominations, one of the few to be nominated in both categories in the same year, an Oscar for both Best and Supporting and the only woman nominated twice for the same role (Elizabeth I). The Australian knockout is known for her regal beauty and gorgeous eyes and yet hasn’t really bared it all that much, her scenes in Elizabeth mostly covered with satin sheets. However, she broke that streak with her latest nominated part in Carol, the title role of a 1950’s housewife drawn into an affair with Rooney Mara’s shopkeeper. Their relationship is slow but finally comes out in a gorgeously shot love scene, Mara showing off more but Blanchett going naked herself with flashes of her bare breasts and lovely back to make it believable. Their chemistry helps the entire movie soar and showcases that, as with anything she does on film, Blanchett in the buff is an exquisite sight to enjoy.
17 Halle Berry - Monster’s Ball
Making history as the first black Best Actress winner is certainly great but Berry has backed it up with some interesting turns. That’s included showing up to accept her Razzie for Catwoman and currently moving to TV with Extant. But Berry has shown off her body several times from a topless scene in the otherwise wretched Swordfish to others. Unlike many on this list, her hottest scene is actually from the film she won the Oscar for, Monster’s Ball, playing the widow of a convict who takes up with a guard (Billy Bob Thornton), unaware he was in charge of her husband’s execution. Their talks lead to Berry doffing it for a steamy sex scene that moves from the couch to the bedroom, showing her breasts and rear off very well for a graphic scene. Berry’s speech is famous for being overwhelmed by the moment but the movie itself is more than memorable for showing her body with her talent to make it historic.
16 Rachel Weisz - Stealing Beauty
After various small roles in so-so films, Weisz rocketed to stardom with The Mummy, pushing her to prominence that led to her Oscar win for The Constant Gardner. She doesn’t get naked as much as others but still some notable parts, including in Gardner to show her nicely toned body off. The biggest is Stealing Beauty, a 1996 drama famous at the time for Liv Tyler’s own scene where she bares it all. Weisz stars as one of the visitors of a villa, a gal who enjoys the high life and sunbathes topless in front of Tyler. Weisz is notable for being so matter of fact about it, no shame about showing her breasts before Tyler and others and giving relationship advice half-naked to boot. It got her major attention that soon led to her rise in films and her Oscar and while she’s gone naked since, it’s obvious how Weisz true steals this entire film.
15 Juliette Binoche - Damage
Going into the 1997 Oscars, everyone knew for sure Lauren Bacall was going to win Best Supporting Actress as a “career award.” Thus, Binoche was as shocked as anyone when she ended up winning for The English Patient. It was well deserved as the French actress has gone on to add to her resume with various films showcasing her incredible talents. She did go topless in a love scene in Patient but better was the 1992 drama Damages with Jeremy Irons as a politician drawn into an affair with Binoche, who happens to be his son’s girlfriend. Their attraction cuts loose in a very graphic love scene, Binoche in nothing but heels and pearls going at it with Irons and selling every moment of the encounter. It ends in tragedy for all involved but it also showcases the mix of beauty and skill Binoche brings to every role that lets you know this was no fluke by the Academy.
14 Nicole Kidman - Eyes Wide Shut
While she hasn’t said as much, you get the feeling Kidman is more than a little happy that after so long as “Tom Cruise’s wife,” she’s the one with the Oscar instead of him. Despite criticisms on surgery and some bad roles, Kidman is still a fantastic presence with her sultry accent and gorgeous eyes and hair. She and Cruise were still Hollywood’s power couple when they starred together in Stanley Kubrick’s last film, a bizarre drama that’s pretty hard to describe. However, Kidman is front and center, the movie opening with her naked in front of a mirror to show off and later in some steamy sex scenes with Cruise and clearly using their real-life chemistry to sell it. Kidman uses her alluring beauty quite well for the scene and while her body may not be a knockout like others, it more than gets the job done here.
13 Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler
Tomei’s victory in Supporting Actress in 1993 for a comedy role was such a shock that to this day, some claim Jack Palance simply read the wrong name. Tomei has proven her doubters wrong by earning two more nominations since and more comfortable in indie films than big Hollywood blockbusters. She’s more comfortable with her body as well as proven by her turn as a stripper in The Wrestler, which earned her third nomination. Tomei is fantastic doing the sexy dances and doffing to show an underrated but amazing body that actually looks far better in her 40’s than in her 20’s. Mix that with her distinctive voice and attitude and it’s a rocking performance to fit the bittersweet film and proves Tomei more than deserves her Oscar not to mention plenty of male attention.
12 Jennifer Connelly - The Hot Spot
The recent passing of David Bowie highlights how innocent yet alluring Connelly looked as a teenager in Labyrinth. She’s definitely grown up since then with her Oscar win in A Beautiful Mind highlighting a career that’s included such wild films as Requiem For a Dream and others. The Hot Spot was one of her first real breakouts and still the best as she plays a local girl soon pulled into a complicated blackmail scheme. The kick-off is Connelly and a female friend going skinny dipping at a lake and the sight of her stunning breasts on display is remarkable, especially in and out of the water with slicked back hair. She’s shown no shame exposing that chest since and Connelly thus stands as not just a great Oscar winner but a true sign of how hot our teen crushes can grow up to be.
11 Marion Cotillard - Pretty Things
The makeup team on La Vie en Rose more than deserved their Oscar for the epic feat of making Cotillard nearly unrecognizable. After numerous movies in her native France, Cotillard exploded onto the mainstream with her Oscar-winning turn in that film that’s launched her career. Her past filmography had a few notable moments for her to show off with the best being this 2001 film. She plays twin sisters, one forced to take over for her extroverted sister and finding the dark side of fame. This leads to situations like sleeping with her sister’s boyfriend and a bit naked in a hot tub with another woman and realizing her sister was bisexual. Coitllard shows a very underrated body, full breasts and toned stomach and watching her balance that with the dual roles is the highlight of the film. For anyone who adores this French sexpot, seeing her doing double duty and in the buff to boot makes this a standout in her filmography.
10 Susan Sarandon - White Palace
Sarandon has been a standout from the start of her career for her fiery hair to dazzling smile to that very bountiful chest that directors love finding ways for her to show off. Her nudity has gone from a lesbian scene in The Hunger to Bull Durham with 1990’s White Palace one of her best. A middle-aged waitress who starts an affair with a younger man (James Spader), Sarandon goes all out stripping to show her shapely body off in some quite hot sex scenes that push the limits of the time and an eye-opener to Spader’s character (and the audience) to how experience makes an older woman far hotter. Few pull off the “sweaty morning after” as well as Sarandon and she does it great here. It’s somewhat ironic that she won her Oscar for playing a nun in Dead Man Walking as so much of her filmography shows Sarandon is at her best being truly sinful much to the appreciation of male audiences.
9 Anna Paquin - True Blood
Paquin was only 11 when she surprisingly won Supporting Actress for her role in The Piano, famous for nearly passing out on stage from the shock. After spending time for school, Paquin came back to prominence playing Rogue in the X-Men films. But no one expected that in 2007, Paquin would take it all off for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO hit True Blood. With the exception of the fifth season (when she was pregnant), every year of the show had Paquin doffing it all for wild sex scenes and working red lingerie among her various antics, showcasing a body far hotter than most would have imagined. It’s truly remarkable and also notable how, with her looks, accent and nudity, Paquin looks more like Holly Hunter’s daughter than when she did Piano. She’s taking a break now to handle motherhood but whatever role she chooses next, Paquin has proven herself among the sexiest Oscar winners ever in so many ways.
8 Penelope Cruz - Broken Embraces
The sultry Spanish star has been a standout from her very first role, utter perfection on screen and willing to get naked in so many of her films with acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar turning her into his muse. It took a bit for her to rise in the U.S. but she was soon nabbing roles that included her part in Vicky Christina Barcelona that earned her a Supporting Actress award. Hot as it was seeing her kiss Scarlett Johannsson in that film, Cruz really saved her best for the 2009 drama Broken Embraces. As an aspiring actress, she meets various power players and engages in sex scenes shot as only Almodovar can. They’re lyrical yet also blisteringly hot and Cruz is downright otherworldly engaging in them, breasts and rear on full display and truly into it. She continues to undress numerous times and proving herself as an actress and sex symbol hot as few others.
7 Helen Hunt - The Sessions
After TV stardom, Hunt began her move into movies and while some argue over the merits of the film today, she still won wide acclaim for her role in As Good As It Gets to claim a Best Actress trophy. She had an interesting time after with a burst of films in 2000 before taking a long break. In 2012, she returned big time in this indie as a “sex surrogate” hired to help a paraplegic lose his virginity. At 49, Hunt still rocked a great bod as she strips down before her client, firm and toned and her sex scenes are quite realistic which she still makes erotic. She earned another nomination for the part as she deserved and no shame in proving that a woman hitting 50 can still pull off a nude scene better than gals half her age.
6 Reese Witherspoon - Wild
After doing a topless scene in 1998’s Twilight, Witherspoon stuck to being fully clothed in her rise to box office starlet and then Best Actress winner, although that did little to hide her gorgeous smile. In 2014, she finally took it all off again for this acclaimed drama of a woman coping with her mom’s death by going on a cross-country hike. Much of it was rough to show how hard having to handle the wilderness is but Witherspoon did show off very nicely in some sex scenes featuring her full breasts and backside as she’s taken by a customer at her diner. Of course, Witherspoon is so gorgeous that even being covered in dirt can’t make her look any less sexy and age has improved her body quite nicely to shine so well.
5 Julianne Moore - Chloe
After a long wait, Moore finally claimed her Best Actress Oscar last year, highlighting a career of great performances that also has her showing off her body quite well. She’s had slews of scenes in the buff but Chloe has to rank among the best for a very good reason. Moore is a woman suspecting her husband (Liam Neeson) of cheating on her so she hires a call girl played by Amanda Seyfried to try and tempt him into an affair. It doesn’t take long for the two women to bond and Moore realizing she’s more turned on by the call girl than the tales of her trysts. They finally go at it in a gorgeous love scene with Seyfried worshipping Moore’s body in bed, shot wonderfully and elevating the entire film. Redheads really are hot ladies and few prove it as well as Moore at any age.
4 Helen Mirren - The Cook, His Wife & Her Lover
Dame Helen Mirren is living proof women can get sexier with age. Name another actress who has bared it all for over five different decades and looked stunning every time. Trying to pick her best is a toughie but this 1989 black comedy has to rank high. As a sophisticated wife pulled into a crazy crime scheme, the image of Mirren in a tight black outfit was featured on the film’s posters and she did even more in the film itself. From taken in a bathroom to walking about in the buff and without shame, Mirren shows that under her supposedly regal exterior is a truly hot and wickedly sexy woman who actually has gotten hotter with her award-winning prime.
3 Tilda Swinton - I Am Love
It seems odd that Swinton’s only nomination (and win) was for Michael Clayton while far better performances like We Need To Talk About Kevin have been ignored by the Academy. While she’s noted for her androgynous looks, Swinton is all woman and has proven it numerous times with fantastic scenes. As proof, check out I Am Love, a 2009 Italian film with Swinton as a repressed wife soon drawn into an affair. Starting cool, Swinton more than heats up in the sex scenes, showing her underrated body off and making them feel incredibly real. No matter what role she takes on, Swinton gives it her all and makes it feel authentic which makes one of her nude scenes a standout among Oscar winners.
2 Kate Winslet - Little Children
In his infamous “We Saw Your Boobs” song at the 2013 Oscars, Seth McFarlane got a laugh pointing out how Winslet is naked in practically every other movie she’s done. From her stripping in Titanic to in bed and a tub in The Reader (which finally earned her an Oscar), Winslet has never shied away from showing off if needed. The 2006 drama has her a married woman who soon engages in a hot affair, Winslet going all out in realistic love scenes, including being taken right on top of a washing machine and in an attic, making them realistic yet still incredibly sexy. While she doesn’t doff it in Steve Jobs, which has her in the running this year, Winslet doesn’t look like she’s slowing down and more than ready to show off that great chest and full figure to liven up any film she’s in, a body to match her talent, which is pretty impressive.
1 Angelina Jolie - Gia
Trying to pick the best nude scene of Jolie’s career is a hard task. Since her debut, the wild child has shown no shame in showing off her stunning body with multiple tattoos although ironically, she didn’t bare it all in her Oscar-winning turn in Girl, Interrupted. She’s matured a bit with motherhood and segued into being a top director as well but Jolie still retains a sexual aura few can touch. Perhaps the best showcase was the 1998 HBO film that launched Jolie’s career. As a breakout super-model, Jolie showed it all off for a bit posing for a photographer in the buff and then engaging in a very hot tryst with Elizabeth Mitchell’s assistant. That leads to a talk in the hallway where Jolie is totally naked (“don’t change the subject”) and then them in a shower together. It won Jolie a Golden Globe and pushed her to prominence and despite how she’s “matured” since, most remember her as the lady who’s at her best when oh so naughty.