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.
Jeremy Renner - Now
The California native is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as a Boston criminal in The Town. Last year, Renner scored a Best Actor nomination for The Hurt Locker.
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