20 Before And After Photos Of Actors At Their Very First Oscars Compared To Now

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Yesterday, the time came around for another Academy Awards Ceremony, hosted this time by Jimmy Kimmel.

As soon as the nominations were announced back in January, critics all over the world were speculating that the awards would be flooding in for Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. 

But ultimately, we all knew it would be another compellingly competitive night and well worth the watch.

For anyone who didn't get to see it, here's a little catch-up:

Now many of the actors in attendance at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony have been in show business for a long time and look strikingly different now to how they looked at their very first Oscars. I mean, Meryl Streep's first Oscar nomination was a whopping 39 years ago!

So without further ado, here are the most shocking before and after photos of actors at their very first Oscars compared to now.

1. Angelina Jolie — 1986

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In 1986, when she was only 11 years old, Angelina Jolie attended her very first Oscars. Her beautiful and very elaborate white dress totally made her the star of the night. Jolie was there to support her father Jon Voight and 13 years later, Jolie received her first Oscar nomination (Best Supporting Actress) for Girl, Interrupted in 1999.

2. Nicole Kidman — 1991

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Possibly Kidman's most famous movie, Moulin Rouge! was nominated for eight Oscars in 2001 and ended up winning two: the Academy Award for Best Art Direction and the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. Kidman was also nominated for Best Actress.

3. Julia Roberts — 1990

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In 1989, at the 62nd Annual Academy Awards, Roberts was nominated for her performance in Steel Magnolias. Her date for the ceremony was Kiefer Sutherland and boy did they look smoking together!

4. Oprah — 1986

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Many people have seen the very moving 1984 movie, The Color Purple. The critics loved the movie, including Oprah's performance which earned her a first-time Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

5. Meryl Streep — 1979

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It's hard to imagine a time when Meryl Streep wasn't slaying at the Oscars. But as they say, there's a first time for everything, and Streep's first Oscar nomination was for Best Supporting Actress for The Deer Hunter in 1978.

6. Charlize Theron — 2000

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Charlize Theron is one of the most revered actresses in Hollywood and she received her first Oscar nomination back in 2003 for Best Actress. The movie? Monster - the one where she plays the very frightening serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

7. Ryan Gosling — 2007

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In 2006, everyone's go-to Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Gosling, was nominated for his role in Half Nelson.

8. Steve Carell — 2006

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Steve Carell, is known for being one of America's most versatile but certainly enjoys a comical role or two. Well, it turns out he's also a dab hand at crime dramas as he was nominated for his role in the 2014 movie Foxcatcher.

9. Brad Pitt — 1992

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In 1995, Brad Pitt was a fresh-faced actor, new to the actor scene but still managed to bag a nom for Best Supporting Actor for 12 Monkeys.

10. Benedict Cumberbatch — 2014

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The first time Benedict Cumberbatch attended the Oscars also marked his very first nomination. He was nominated for his role in the very beautifully-made movie, The Imitation Game, however, the Oscar ended up going to Matthew McConaughey for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.

11. Gwyneth Paltrow — 1994

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Gwyneth Paltrow went to her very first Oscar ceremony in 1994 and four years later she was able to attend as a bona fide Academy Awards nominee for Shakespeare in Love in 1998.

12. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon — 1998

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Remeber this bromantic duo? Of course, you do - they were both nominated for this movie Good Will Hunting: Affleck for Best Original Screenplay and Damon for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

13. Halle Berry — 1996

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While Halle Berry may have attended her very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1996, it wasn't until 2001 that went as a nominee for Best Actress. Famously, she ended up winning the gong, prompting the media to refer to her as the first African-American actress to win in the Best Actress category

14. Denzel Washington — 1990

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In 1987, Washington was nominated for his portrayal of South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in the movie, Cry Freedom.

15. Anna Kendrick — 2010

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Anna Kendrick has become one of Hollywood's sweethearts and it was only a matter of time before she received her very own Oscar nom. She was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award for Up in the Air in 2009.

16. Jennifer Lawrence — 2011


Lawrence, who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, was actually nominated for Best Actress three years earlier for her performance in 2009's Winter's Bone.

17. Emma Stone — 2012

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The last six years have been pretty spectacular for Emma Stone. She went to her first Oscar ceremony in 2012, she received her first Supporting Actress nom for Birdman in 2014, and last year, she won the coveted award for Best Actress in La La Land.

18. Viola Davis — 2009

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In 2008, Viola Davis was nominated for her role in Doubt as a concerned mother who sends her son to a strict Parish school in 1964. Meryl Streep was nominated for her role as Sister Aloysius and Davis became a first-time nominee for her performance.

19. Kate Winslet — 1996

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In 1995, this beloved Titanic actress was nominated for her performance in Sense and Sensibility.

20. Leonardo DiCaprio — 1994


Leonard DiCaprio - you know, the other critically acclaimed Titanic actress, received a Best Supporting Actor nomination for What's Eating Gilbert Grape in 1993.

So there you have it: 20 of the most uncanny before and after photos taken on the Oscars red carpet. Some of these actors are practically unrecognizable. It makes me wonder how their 'after' photos will look in another 10 years or so...