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.
Javier Bardem - Then
"I have two balls; why can't I have two Rolexes?" Bardem says in 1993's drama Golden Balls.
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