The Oscars have recognized 20 actors and actresses for their impressive efforts in the past year of film, but this isn't the first time these actors have been honored for their achievements. Some (like Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant") have been on the brink of an Oscar several times now, while others (like Brie Larson in "Room") are just starting to get recognized for their talent. However, all of them have been nominated for an acting award of some sort in the past. Find out when these Oscar nominees first wowed critics and audiences!

1. Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

2002: Golden Globe for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, "Malcolm in the Middle" (Nominated)

Bryan Cranston,
2. Matt Damon, "The Martian"

1997: Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, "Good Will Hunting" (Won)

Matt Damon,
3. Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

1993: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (Nominated)

Leonardo DiCaprio,
4. Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"

2008: British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, "Hunger" (Won)

Michael Fassbender,
5. Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

2005: Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” (Nominated)

Eddie Redmayne,
6. Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

1997: The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards for Best Supporting Actress, "Thank God He Met Lizzie" (Won)

Cate Blanchett,
7. Brie Larson, "Room"

2013: Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, "Short Term 12" (Nominated) 

Brie Larson,
8. Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

2010: Academy Award for Best Actress, "Winter’s Bone" (Nominated)

Jennifer Lawrence,
9. Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

1986: Cesar Award for Best Actress, "On ne meurt que deux fois" (Nominated)

Charlotte Rampling,
10. Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

2007: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, "Atonement" (Nominated)

Saoirse Ronan,
11. Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

1987: Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama, "Empire of the Sun" (Won)

Christian Bale,
12. Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"

2003: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, "Star Trek: Nemesis" (Nominated)

Tom Hardy,
13. Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

2000: Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award, "You Can Count on Me" (Won)

Mark Ruffalo,
14. Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

2006: British Academy of Film and Television Art Award for Best Actor, "The Government Inspector" (Won)

Mark Rylance,
15. Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

1977: Academy Award for Best Actor, "Rocky" (Nominated)

Sylvester Stallone,
16. Jennifer Jason Leigh, "The Hateful Eight"

1990: New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, "Miami Blues" and "Last Exit to Brooklyn" (Won)

Jennifer Jason Leigh,
17. Rooney Mara, "Carol"

2010: Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Cast, "The Social Network" (Nominated)

Rooney Mara,
18. Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"

2003: Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, "Perfect Pie" (Nominated)

Rachel McAdams,
19. Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

2010: Guidbagge Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, "Pure" (Won)

Alicia Vikander,
20. Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

1995: London Film Critics’ Circle Award for British Actress of the Year, "Heavenly Creatures"  (Won)

Kate Winslet,

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