The 2016 Oscar Nominees’ First On-Camera Roles

Today John Krasinski, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Guillermo del Toro, and Ang Lee unveiled the nominees for the 88th annual Academy Awards, to be hosted by Chris Rock Feb. 28. This proved an especially competitive year for actors; many of the 20 nominees gave career-best performances. But where did they get their big break in film? Below we reveal the first onscreen roles of 2016’s contenders—because everybody’s gotta start somewhere! Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, “Carol”Few were surprised by the magnificent nuance Blanchett delivered in the lesbian drama “Carol,” and even fewer were surprised by her seventh Academy Award nomination. A winner for both “The Aviator” and “Blue Jasmine,” Blanchett is the kind of awards season heavyweight that gives her competitors nervous sweating. And to think she began her film career—after several acclaimed stage performances in her native Australia—as a bit character named Mrs. Haines
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