Fake noses, blemished skin, and caked-on makeup for a dramatic transformation is a tried-and-tested guarantee to get everyone fawning over an acting performance and entering a hotly contested awards race. This often happens when a character is based on a real person, and can be incredibly distracting—see Renée Zellweger and Sarah Paulson. But there are other recent examples when it could be, well, quite brilliant.
May I make the case for Mandy Moore?
Ever since its 2016 debut delivered its surprise twist—it was 1980?!—This Is Us has explored a time-spanning narrative in its depiction of the Pearson family’s veritable mountain range of highs and lows. Early seasons were dominated by the mystery of how Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) died—the Crockpot is the original Peloton—while the Big Three (aka Kevin, Kate, and Randall) jostled for attention.