The star, nominated in two categories — Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress — for her roles in Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit, has hosted Saturday Night Live more than once.
Adam Driver (Girls)
This actor, nominated for his role in Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, had his big break in HBO’s Girls.
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Al Pacino (Hunters)
While Pacino may be best known for his roles in the Godfather trilogy, he’s setting his sights on Amazon’s new series Hunters, another streaming project like The Irishman — the film which earned him a Best Supporting Actor nod.
Anthony Hopkins (Westworld)
The legendary star was part of HBO’s Westworld since day one, appearing in the role of Dr. Robert Ford, and now he’s earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Netflix’s The Two Popes.
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Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
This Best Actor nominee is earning praise for his performance in Pain and Glory, but prior to the film he starred in Season 2 of National Geographic’s Genius as Picasso.
Cynthia Erivo (The Outsider)
Currently appearing in HBO’s limited series The Outsider, Erivo is a Best Actress nominee for her role in Harriet.
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Florence Pugh (The Little Drummer Girl)
Before she was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role as Amy March in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women, Florence Pugh starred in the limited series The Little Drummer Girl alongside Michael Shannon and Alexander Skarsgård.
Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones)
A Best Actor nominee for his role in The Two Popes, Jonathan Pryce made quite the impression during his time with HBO’s Game of Thrones as High Sparrow.
Laura Dern (Big Little Lies)
Laura Dern — who is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award recognizing her role in Marriage Story — most recently appeared in HBO’s buzzy Big Little Lies as Renata for two seasons.
Kathy Bates (American Horror Story)
Nominated as a Best Supporting Actress for her role in Richard Jewell, Kathy Bates has appeared in several seasons of FX’s Ryan Murphy anthology series American Horror Story.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Growing Pains)
DiCaprio’s once again nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars — this time for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood — but years before he was a movie star, he was part of the Growing Pains cast.
Charlize Theron (Arrested Development)
Bombshell‘s Best Supporting Actress nominee Charlize Theron previously had a recurring guest star role on Arrested Development.
Saoirse Ronan (Saturday Night Live)
The Irish actress is a Best Actress nominee for her role as Jo March in Little Women, but before she appeared in the Louisa May Alcott adaptation, she guest hosted Saturday Night Live.
Brad Pitt (Friends)
Nominated as a Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Brad Pitt previously appeared in Friends, which costarred his then-wife Jennifer Aniston.
Renée Zellweger (Judy)
This Best Actress nominee may have wowed audiences with her performance in Judy, but before the film hit big screens, Zellweger appeared in Netflix’s What/If.
Margot Robbie (Dollface)
Previous Oscar nominee for I, Tonya, Margot Robbie is being recognized in the Best Actress category for her role in Bombshell, but last year she also appeared in Hulu’s Dollface which she executive produces.
The Academy Awards are quickly approaching and this year's nominees are well known for more than the titles they're being recognized for at the ceremony.
Stars in the major acting categories have put their dues in on TV as well as on the silver screen, whether it was their breakthrough performance or a brief run in a limited series. Meanwhile, a few may have been little known at the time of their first TV role whereas others were well-established.