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Pssst! Wanna win an Oscar? Change your image

Pssst! Wanna win an Oscar? Change your image

You don’t have to go the full De Niro, but an image change often leads to Oscar gold.

Known for comedy? Go dramatic. A tough guy? Go comedic. Strikingly beautiful? Glam down.

This awards season funny lady Melissa McCarthy, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for the raunchy 2011 hit “Bridesmaids,” has been receiving stellar reviews for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” as a prickly and lonely celebrity biographer. McCarthy is on the fast track for Oscar-consideration this year.

Also, a shoo-in for multiple award nomination is Lady Gaga, who traded in her meat dress and platinum blonde tresses for jeans and dark hair to play a struggling singer/songwriter in the acclaimed remake of “A Star is Born.”

Even when the Oscar was in its infancy, performers found altering an image caught the attention of the Academy voters.

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