Charlize Theron appeared at CinemaCon 2012 to accept the award for the Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film. Theron was on top form when accepting the award, cracking jokes and poking fun while seeming gracious about her award.
"If I knew that 3D was going to be such a big deal, I would have gotten that boob job 10 years ago," Theron said while accepting the award. "I learned everything about love, watching Splash," she continued. "That's why I'm still single, so thanks Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah for that."
Theron received the award for her work, and despite the crack about getting a boob job, her body of work is more about quality than any other superficial aspects.
Theron worked for eight years, developing a solid body of work before receiving the opportunity of her life with the 2003 serial killer drama, "Monster." Released the same year as her glamorous turn in the remake of "The Italian Job," the South African beauty allowed filmmaker Patty Jenkins to strip her of all her beauty and reinvent her as drab serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a woman executed for six murders in 2002.
In an ironic statement, Theron said she hates watching herself on the screen and "Monster" is the only movie she can watch. "I hate to see myself on screen. When I did Monster it wasn't too bad, because I didn't look like Charlize Theron," she said of the role that earned her an Oscar award for Best Actress.
When Theron won her Oscar for "Monster," it gave her the opportunity to make some movies that she wanted to make. One of these was "North Country," a movie telling the story of Lois Jenson and her landmark sexual harassment case, which started in 1984. While Theron portrayed a version of Jenson, the film changed her name because Jenson refused to sell her rights to the studio.
Theron picked up another Oscar nomination for this role, once again stripping herself down to play a single mother and employee in the iron mines of Minnesota. The movie took on the compelling themes of women's rights and sexual discrimination in the workplace and proved that Theron was more than just a pretty face.
An interesting role for the beauty came in 2011 with "Young Adult" where Theron showed that beauty was only skin deep as she portrayed a former high school queen bee who seems scared to grow up and continues to rely on her looks to get her by.
"The movie is dressed up as this very simple story and it actually deals with really heavy real dark emotional human behavior," Theron said. "And I think there's a lot in that that we don't want to admit about ourselves."
When looking at her movies, it is clear that Theron seeks out these dark movies. For such a beautiful woman, she delves into some very disturbing places.
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