Nicole wowed audiences and critics alike with her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in 2002's "The Hours," for which the gorgeous actress wore a prosthetic nose. Her performance was so outstanding that she took home an Oscar for Best Actress on Mar. 23, 2003.
Still, success felt empty without someone to share it with. "It felt lonely and big," Nicole told Vanity Fair in 2007. "You're in a hotel and you're like, 'OK, well, I'm sitting in this big suite with an Oscar, and I still don't have a life. What is wrong with me?' It hit home that I needed to get a life. Who do I jump on the bed with, and celebrate with, and order pancakes with?"