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 - Then
Firth won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for The King's Speech at the 2011 Oscars.
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