The 2012 Oscar nominations have been announced, and both Glenn Close and Janet McTeer of Albert Nobbs made the list for their performances as women who live as men. And whether it's a powerful dramatic performance or a lighthearted wig-and-makeup gag, cross-dressing has made for memorable movie experiences in the past. Who can forget Robin Williams's Scottish-sounding alter ego in Mrs. Doubtfire? And 1982's Tootsie, starring Dustin Hoffman, garnered 10 Academy Award nominations. Not to mention actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, and Amanda Bynes who have dressed up as dudes for a role. See stars who have donned drag for film now.
In 1959's Some Like It Hot, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon join an all-girl band to hide from the mob. They meet Marilyn Monroe along the way.
In Albert Nobbs, Albert is an Irish woman who's been living as a man since she was teenager in order to work and survive in the 1910s. Albert wants a normal life with a spouse and a business, but it isn't clear if that life is as a man or a woman. Glenn is nominated for an Academy Award for her gender-bending role.
Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) loses a custody fight with his ex-wife. So in order to see his children, he dresses up as a Scottish nanny and wins the job of his kids' caretaker in Mrs. Doubtfire, which won the Oscar for best makeup.
The 1999 film Boys Don't Cry is the true story of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank), who suffers extreme persecution for being a transgender man.
Nathan Lane and Robin Williams play gay partners in The Birdcage. When their son wants to impress his conservative future in-laws, Nathan dresses up in drag and pretends to be his son's mother.
In the 2007 remake of Hairspray, John Travolta takes on the part of Edna Turnblad.
When difficult actor Michael Doresey (Dustin Hoffman) can't get anyone to hire him, he decides to try out for a soap opera . . . as a woman. Soon, he becomes attracted to one of her female costars complicating matters.
As Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs, Janet McTeer plays a woman who left her abusive husband and lives as a man in order to work and be with her wife in 1910s Ireland. Janet is nominated for an Academy Award for her powerful performance.
Adam Sandler plays both Jack Sadelstein and his twin sister, Jill, in last year's comedy Jack and Jill that centers around Jack dealing with his sister's unwelcome visit during Thanksgiving.
Thomas Kent (Gwyneth Paltrow) is cast as Romeo after impressing Shakespeare, in Shakespeare in Love. But Thomas Kent is really a woman who falls in love with Shakespeare.
Rob Schneider dresses as teenage girl in The Hot Chick to play criminal slob Clive Maxtone, who accidentally swaps bodies with popular high schooler Jessica Spencer (played by Rachel McAdams).
According to the movies, FBI agents are always dressing in drag. In White Chicks, Shawn and Marlon Wayans play agent brothers to protect heiresses from a kidnapping by disguising themselves as the women.
In the 1985 comedy Just One of the Guys, Terri Griffith (Joyce Hyser) is a high school girl who decides to pretend she's a boy in order to be taken seriously as a journalist.
In Big Momma's House, Martin Lawrence's FBI agent character goes undercover as a, well, big momma.
Amanda Bynes pretends to be her character's brother in She's the Man. After her school drops its girls' soccer program and she's denied from playing on the boys' team, she cross-dresses and tries out for the rival school's boys' team.
When a NBA star loses his job, he decides to join the WNBA instead in 2002's Juwanna Mann.