Long before they were toting Oscars, these A-lister's were making a name for themselves in everything from soap operas to romantic comedies. Click through to see where stars like Lupita Nyong'o and Matthew McConaughey were before they were nominated for an Academy Award.
Colin Firth - Now
Firth is nominated in the Best Actor category for his turn as King George VI in The King's Speech; The film is up for 12 awards.
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