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 - Then
One of the actress' first roles? A poor man's Sarah Michelle Gellar in 2000's direct-to-video Cruel Intentions 2.
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