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Updated on Jul 10, 2020. Posted on Feb 25, 2019

All Of These Oscar Nominees Were Also On "Law And Order: SVU", And These Are Their Stories

Dun dun.

1. Two time Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali guest starred as Mark Foster, a criminal who caused trouble for a wrongfully accused inmate.

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2. Bradley Cooper, nominated for his role in A Star Is Born, guest starred as Jason Whitaker, a charismatic but super shady estate attorney.

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3. Academy award winner/overall badass Viola Davis played the recurring role of defense attorney Donna Emmett, waaaayyy before she took up the role of Annalise Keating.

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4. Robin Williams, who won his Academy Award for his role in Good Will Hunting, played Merritt Rook, one of SVU's most infamous criminals.

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5. Rooney Mara, who's been nominated for two separate Academy Awards, got her start on SVU as Jessica DeLay, an awful fat-phobic teenage murderer.

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6. J.K. Simmons, Academy Award winner for his role in Whiplash, played Dr. Emil Skoda, a controversial psychiatrist.

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7. Michael Shannon, who's been nominated for two separate Academy Awards, starred as Avery Shaw, a suspected child killer.

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8. Patricia Arquette, who won her Academy Award for her role in Boyhood, played Jeannie Kerns, a reformed prostitute/informant for the special victims unit.

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9. Rosie Perez, who was nominated for her role in Fearless, played Eva Banks, the mother of a child who's been molested who helps the SVU bring down a pedophile ring.

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10. Abigail Breslin, who was nominated for her role in Little Miss Sunshine, played Patty Branson, a girl caught up in a nail-bitting custody battle.

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11. Terrence Howard, nominated for his role in Hustle & Flow, played D.A. Jonah Dekker in an SVU and Law & Order: Los Angeles crossover episode.

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12. Virginia Madsen, nominated for her role in Sideways, played the role of Det. Rollins' mother, Beth Anne Rollins.

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13. Chloë Sevigny, who was nominated for her role in Boys Don't Cry, played Christine Hartwell, a pathological con-artist.

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14. Ellen Burstyn, who won an Academy Award for her role in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, played Det. Elliot Stabler's mother, Bernadette Stabler.

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15. Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Academy Award for her role in Pollock, played Dana Lewis, a former FBI agent-turned-murderer.

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16. Alec Baldwin, nominated for his role in The Cooler, played Jimmy MacArthur, an egotistical newspaper reporter who compromised one of Olivia's cases.

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17. And, last but not least, EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg starred as Janette Grayson, a neglectful social worker.

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