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.
Nicole Kidman - Now
The real-life mom of four portrayed grieving mother Becca Corbett in Rabbit Hole (opposite Aaron Eckhart). Kidman is nominated in the Best Actress category.
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