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    Here's What This Year's Oscar Nominees Looked Like In Their First Movie Vs. Now

    Started from a fuzzy background shot, now they're here.

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    1. Timothée Chalamet

    Paramount, Sony Pictures Classics

    First movie role: Danny Vance in Men, Women, and Children (2014)

    Nominated for: Elio Perlman in Call Me by Your Name (2017)

    2. Daniel Day-Lewis

    United Artists, Universal Pictures

    First movie role: Child vandal in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971)

    Nominated for: Reynolds Woodcock in Phantom Thread (2017)

    3. Daniel Kaluuya

    Optimum Releasing, Universal Pictures

    First movie role: Young Cass in Cass (2008)

    Nominated for: Chris Washington in Get Out (2017)

    4. Gary Oldman

    Channel Four Films, Universal Pictures

    First movie role: Daniel in Remembrance (1982)

    Nominated for: Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour (2017)

    5. Denzel Washington

    Avco Embassy Pictures, Columbia Pictures

    First movie role: Roger Porter in Carbon Copy (1981)

    Nominated for: Roman J. Israel in Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

    6. Sally Hawkins

    UGC Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures

    First movie role: Samantha in All or Nothing (2002)

    Nominated for: Elisa Esposito in The Shape of Water (2017)

    7. Frances McDormand

    Circle Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures

    First movie role: Abby in Blood Simple (1984)

    Nominated for: Mildred Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

    8. Margot Robbie

    MTI Home Video, Neon

    First movie role: Cassandra in Vigilante (2008)

    Nominated for: Tonya Harding in I, Tonya (2017)

    9. Saoirse Ronan

    Bauer Martinez Studios, A24

    First movie role: Izzie in I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)

    Nominated for: Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson in Lady Bird (2017)

    10. Meryl Streep

    20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures

    First movie role: Anne Marie in Julia (1977)

    Nominated for: Kay Graham in The Post (2017)

    11. Willem Dafoe

    Atlantic Releasing, A24

    First movie role: Vance in The Loveless (1981)

    Nominated for: Bobby in The Florida Project (2017)

    12. Woody Harrelson

    Warner Bros., Fox Searchlight Pictures

    First movie role: Krushinski in Wildcats (1986)

    Nominated for: Chief Willoughby in Three Billboard Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

    13. Richard Jenkins

    Columbia Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures

    First movie role: Kelly in Silverado (1985)

    Nominated for: Giles in The Shape of Water (2017)

    14. Christopher Plummer

    Buena Vista Pictures, TriStar Pictures

    First movie role: Joe Sheridan in Stage Struck (1958)

    Nominated for: J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017)

    15. Sam Rockwell

    Vision International, Fox Searchlight Pictures

    First movie role: Randy in Clownhouse (1989)

    Nominated for: Jason Dixon in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

    16. Mary J. Blige

    New Line Cinema, Netflix

    First movie role: Mom in Prison Song (2001)

    Nominated for: Florence Jackson in Mudbound (2017)

    17. Allison Janney

    AFA Entertainment, Neon

    First movie role: Miss Penny in Who Shot Pat? (1989)

    Nominated for: LaVona Golden in I, Tonya (2017)

    18. Lesley Manville

    20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures

    First movie role: Maryanne in Dance with a Stranger (1985)

    Nominated for: Cyril in Phantom Thread (2017)

    19. Laurie Metcalf

    Orion Pictures, A24

    First movie role: Leslie Glass in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

    Nominated for: Marion McPherson in Lady Bird (2017)

    20. Octavia Spencer

    Warner Bros., Fox Searchlight Pictures

    First movie role: Roark's Nurse in A Time to Kill (1996)

    Nominated for: Zelda Fuller in The Shape of Water (2017)

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