12/19/2011 05:16 pm ET

Charlize Theron: 'Getting Fat' And Oscar Win Requirement

And the Academy Award goes to... chubby serial killers and 30-something teen authors chasing their high school sweethearts?

In a recent interview with MTV, "Young Adult" star Charlize Theron revealed what it takes to win an Oscar. And after nabbing an Academy Award for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's "Monster," she should know.

"There was liquid latex... it's like a moisturizer you put on the face and dry with a hairdryer and stretch it out so it gets really leathery looking," Theron tells actress Emily Blunt of the de-beautification process, which also required packing on the pounds.

Now that she's been nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Mavis Gary in "Young Adult," Theron considers herself an expert. "Just do what I did. Get fat!" are Theron's wise words to Oscar hopefuls. "Real people win more. Mavis is a real person. I did lots of research."