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!

Bryan Cranston,
Bryan Cranston, "Trumbo"

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

Matt Damon,
Matt Damon, "The Martian"

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

Leonardo DiCaprio,
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Revenant"

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

Michael Fassbender,
Michael Fassbender, "Steve Jobs"

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

Eddie Redmayne,
Eddie Redmayne, "The Danish Girl"

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

Cate Blanchett,
Cate Blanchett, "Carol"

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

Brie Larson,
Brie Larson, "Room"

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

Jennifer Lawrence,
Jennifer Lawrence, "Joy"

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

Charlotte Rampling,
Charlotte Rampling, "45 Years"

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

Saoirse Ronan,
Saoirse Ronan, "Brooklyn"

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

Christian Bale,
Christian Bale, "The Big Short"

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

Tom Hardy,
Tom Hardy, "The Revenant"

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

Mark Ruffalo,
Mark Ruffalo, "Spotlight"

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

Mark Rylance,
Mark Rylance, "Bridge of Spies"

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

Sylvester Stallone,
Sylvester Stallone, "Creed"

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

Jennifer Jason Leigh,
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)

Rooney Mara,
Rooney Mara, "Carol"

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

Rachel McAdams,
Rachel McAdams, "Spotlight"

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

Alicia Vikander,
Alicia Vikander, "The Danish Girl"

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

Kate Winslet,
Kate Winslet, "Steve Jobs"

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

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