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.
Amy Adams - Now
Adams scored a Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Fighter. In 2008, she was nominated in the same category for Doubt (she lost to Penelope Cruz).
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