Watch these 10 Oscar nominees act in roles before they were A-listers

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Best Supporting Actress nominees

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Stacy Hamilton in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

If you fall into the “millennial” category (i.e. born between 1982 and 1996), you probably know Jennifer Jason Leigh, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for The Hateful Eight, as the voice of Lisa in stop-motion film Anomalisa, for her recurring role in Weeds, or even films as far back as 1992, when she played the lead in thriller Single White Female. But in the ‘80s, the actress had a breakout role as Stacy Hamilton in the iconic teen movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. That film, by the way, also featured another breakout star, and past Oscar winner, Sean Penn. (Note, you might find this clip slightly NSFW).

Rachel McAdams, Spotlight

Kate McNab on Slings and Arrows

Thirty-seven-year-old Canadian actress Rachel McAdams is a chick-flick queen thanks to her roles in movies like The Notebook and Mean Girls. But the Oscar-nominee for Best Supporting Actress for Spotlight did some work on Canadian television before getting her big breaks in Hollywood. She even won a Genie Award for her role in 2003 comedy mini-series Slings and Arrows, about a theatre event called the New Burbage Festival, its actors, and a man struggling to bring it back to success. McAdams plays an apprentice actress; here she is in a scene from the show where she’s auditioning for a role.

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Juliet Hulme in Heavenly Creatures

Based on this clip from her role in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures from way back in 1992, Kate Winslet isn’t just an immensely talented actress, but she also has a set of killer pipes. The Best Supporting Actress nominee for Steve Jobs belted out an a capella version of Sono Andati, an aria from La Boheme, in the movie. Her rendition, in fact, even made it to the film’s soundtrack. Three years later, her life would be forever changed, and she and DiCaprio forever linked by the acting gods, when she snagged the lead role of Rose in Titanic. And her star has been on the rise ever since: Winslet now has an impressive grand total of seven Oscar nominations to her name.

The 88th annual Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 28 at 8:30 p.m. (EST).

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