For an actor, there are a couple of nice honors that, when achieved, actually scream, You’ve made it!!! That first large paycheck, sitting on a late-night talk-show sofa, getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—all legit indicators that all the things you probably did to chase your large dream (the rejections, the aspect hustles, the cringey sponcon) was all really price it. But TBH, none of that issues as a lot as that shiny gold Academy Award, okay!! The most coveted prize on the town = prompt superstardom.
…Of course, really having a type of fancy awards doesn’t, ahem, imply that each image starring a newly minted Academy Award winner is destined to be an ageless traditional. Which, effective. I’d nonetheless watch their whole IMDbs any day. And because you’ve probs already streamed each 2021 contender, let’s go forward and dive into a couple of flicks that you’ll have forgotten star an Oscar winner or two.
Lady Gaga in Machete Kills
Before Lady Gaga actually shattered us in A Star Is Born (for which she earned an Oscar for Best Original Song, tyvm!!), and even earlier than she grabbed a Golden Globe award for her flip as The Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel, Gaga lent her big-screen skills to the super-wacky exploitation movie Machete Kills—which additionally starred, get this, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen, Amber Heard, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Vanessa Hudgens, to call a couple of. A FEW.
Emma Stone in The Rocker
Before successful her Academy Award for Best Actress in La La Land, the beloved redhead starred in a string of cult-classic comedies, together with Superbad, The House Bunny, and Easy A. But throughout that point, Emma additionally starred within the foolish flick The Rocker, a couple of washed-up drummer (Rainn “Dwight from The Office” Wilson) who makes an attempt to make a comeback by becoming a member of his nephew’s highschool storage band.
Matthew McConaughey in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
A bunch of A-list stars get their begin in scary motion pictures, however few horror franchises are as *iconic* as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which has seen the likes of Oscar winners Renée Zellweger (Best Supporting Actress, Cold Mountain, and Best Actress, Judy) and Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor, Dallas Buyers Club) get bloody in good ol’ Texas.
Jennifer Lawrence in House on the End of the Street
Right across the time J. Law first grew to become a family identify (hello, Hunger Games, heard of it??), she additionally starred within the little-known psychological thriller House on the End of the Street. Interestingly sufficient, the spooky flick was really shot a number of years previous to its launch, however the studio held on to the movie, solely to launch it throughout the rise of J. Law mania to capitalize on the newly topped starlet. Ah, showbiz. Anyway, a 12 months later, she took house the Oscar for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook.
Jared Leto in Chapter 27
Before he grew to become an Academy Award–successful actor for his function in Dallas Buyers Club or wreaked havoc as Joker, Jared portrayed David Chapman, the person who murdered John Lennon. The indie flick debuted on the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and likewise starred Lindsay(!) Lohan(!).
Sandra Bullock in All About Steve
2009 was fairly the 12 months for the Ms. Congeniality star. Sandra Bullock starred within the hit comedy The Proposal in addition to The Blind Side, for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Actress. Aaaaand she additionally starred within the largely forgotten comedy All About Steve alongside Bradley Cooper and Thomas Haden Church. The movie was so poorly acquired that she even earned a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. But being the unbothered queen that she is, she went onstage and accepted the award, so there!
Julianne Moore in Carrie
There have been so many Stephen King diversifications in recent times, however few match the long-lasting ranges of the unique 1976 Carrie. Now, what we’re speaking about right here is the 2013 remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz. But nonetheless. They had Still Alice Oscar winner Julianne Moore painting the deeply non secular mom, and she or he stole the present! So a minimum of they tried!
Tilda Swinton in Trainwreck
Remember Amy Schumer’s wickedly impolite boss in Trainwreck? Yeah, the cruel journal editor who threw brutal one-liners. Well, that function was really portrayed by none apart from Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. You know her from The Chronicles of Narnia, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and her Oscar-winning flip in Michael Clayton. And from being The Best.
Anthony Hopkins in The Rite
Sir Anthony Hopkins’ iconic function as Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs earned the British native an Academy Award for Best Actor, and rightfully so! But many individuals may be stunned to study that Anthony returned to the style to offer extra spine-chilling motion within the 2009 exorcism flick The Rite. However, the movie managed to gross solely $30 million within the U.S. in opposition to a $37 million price range (yikes!), so is sensible in the event you don’t recall this one.
Nicole Kidman in The Invasion
In the early 2000s, Nicole hit a double whammy with two back-to-back Oscar nominations, really successful the distinction in 2003 for The Hours. Then she took a starring function, alongside Daniel Craig, within the sci-fi thriller The Invasion, which, um, didn’t fare so nicely on the field workplace. Relax, she’s doing simply effective.
Colin Firth in What a Girl Wants
Even although Colin Firth struck Oscar gold for his main function in The King’s Speech in 2011, it wasn’t the English actor’s first time enjoying a distinguished chief. He portrayed a UK prime minister (and father to Amanda Bynes) in your fave early-aughts comedy, What a Girl Wants.
Julia Roberts in Mother’s Day
Following the steps of Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day tangled a collection of star-studded brief tales centered round a single “holiday” into one movie. But TBH, we’re undecided we need to keep in mind the wig that Julia Roberts wore in Mother’s Day alongside Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson. No, significantly, the wig is so iconic that there have been stories reported on it. But it’s okay, Juls, let that Oscar for Erin Brockovich function a reminder that we nonetheless love you.
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