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Oscars 2010 Nominees First Roles

Oscars 2010 Nominees First Roles

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    Look how far they've come! Check out some of the first roles played by this year's nominees!

    Best Actor: Jeff Bridges for Crazy Heart

    His first credited acting gig was as Davy Crane in Sea Hunt, his father, Lloyd Bridges played the lead.

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    Best Actor: George Clooney for Up in the Air

    Not only was gorgeous George a handsome doctor on ER, he also played a George on The Facts of Life.

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    Best Actor: Colin Firth for A Single Man

    Firth played Neil Truelove on the TV show Dutch Girls.

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    Best Actor: Morgan Freeman for Invictus

    He was on the cast of The Electric Company from 1971 until 1977.

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    Best Actor: Jeremy Renner for The Hurt Locker

    In 1995 Renner was in his first film, National Lampoon's Senior Trip!

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    Best Actress: Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side

    Always meant to be a leading lady, Bullock was on the poster for her first film, Hangmen in 1987.

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    Best Actress: Helen Mirren for The Last Station

    Mirren has been in over 100 films/television shows, including Age of Consent in 1969.

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    Best Actress: Carey Mulligan for An Education

    Newcomer Carey was in her first film only 5 years ago. She played Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley.

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    Best Actress: Gabourey Sidibe for Precious

    Even newer-comer, Sidibe is nominated for her first movie ever!

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    Best Actress: Meryl Streep for Julie & Julia

    A veteran to the Oscars, Streep made her screen debut along side John Lithgow in Secret Service in 1977.

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    Best Supporting Actor: Matt Damon for Invictus

    Damon has already won an Oscar! But not for acting...for writing Good Will Hunting. However his first acting gig was in Mysitc Pizza starring Julia Roberts.

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    Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson for The Messenger

    Woody started his career off right, with the long running TV show Cheers.

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    Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for The Last Station

    Plummer has been in the biz since 1953, one of his first major roles was playing Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

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    Best Supporting Actor: Stanley Tucci for The Lovely Bones

    Some of Tucci's earliest roles were bit parts in Miami Vice and the bad guy in Beethoven.

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    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds

    One of Waltz's first roles was in an adaptation of Mark Twain's unfinished work The Mysterious Stanger.

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    Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz for Nine

    One of Cruz's first major roles was in 1998 as Mathurine in Don Juan.

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    Best Supporting Actress: Vera Farmiga for Up in the Air

    Vera's first acting gig was in Rose Hill starring Jennifer Garner. She was also in a TV show called Roar which starred Heath Ledger.

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    Best Supporting Actress: Maggie Gyllenhaal for Crazy Heart

    Maggie's first role was in Waterland starring Jeremy Irons. She also starred along side brother Jake in the indie thriller Donnie Darko.

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    Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick for Up in the Air

    Kendrick is a first time nominee and part of the Twilight crew. She got her first taste of film in the movie Camp.

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    Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique for Precious

    Mo'Nique has come a long way since the not-so-Oscar-worthy movie Soul Plane starring Tom Arnold.