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.
Helena Bonham Carter - Now
Nine years and two children since filming Planet of the Apes, the saucy Brit scored a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in The King's Speech.
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