29 February 2004
South African born Hollywood actress, Charlize Theron won an Oscar for her lead role in the movie “Monster” on 29 February 2004, making her the first African to do so. Theron portrays real life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the movie. She had to alter her appearance and gain about 15 kilograms for the role. Her performance garnered her critical acclaim and won her several other awards, including an Academy Award, SAG Award and a Golden Globe Award.