This Year Oscar Nominees: Then Vs. Now

Leonardo DiCaprio

Then: In 1991, Leo played Josh in Critters 3.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Saoirse Ronan

Then: In 2007, she played Izzie Mensforth in I Could Never Be Your Woman.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Little Women.

Antonio Banderas

Then: In 1982, Antonio played Antonio Juan in Pestañas postizas.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Pain and Glory.

Tom Hanks

Then: In 1980, Tom played Elliot in He Knows You’re Alone.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Kathy Bates


Then: In 1971, she played an audition singer in Taking Off.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Richard Jewell.

Scarlett Johansson

Then: In 1994, she played Laura Nelson in North.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her performances in Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit.

Al Pacino


Then: In 1969, he played Tony in Me, Natalie.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Irishman.

Anthony Hopkins

Then: In 1967, Anthony played Brechtian in The White Bus.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Two Popes.

Joe Pesci

Then: In 1961, he played a dancer at the Peppermint Lounge in Hey, Let’s Twist!

Now: He’s nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Irishman.

Brad Pitt

Then: In 1987, Brad played “Guy at the beach with drink” in Hunk.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Laura Dern

Then: In 1973, Laura played Sharon Anne in White Lightning.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Marriage Story.

Florence Pugh

Then: In 2014, Florence played Abbie Mortimer in The Falling.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Little Women.

Joaquin Phoenix

Then: In 1985, Joaquin — who used to go by Leaf Phoenix — played Frankie in Kids Don’t Tell.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Actor for his role in Joker.

Renée Zellweger

Then: In 1993, Renée played a girl in a blue pickup truck in Dazed and Confused.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Judy.

Charlize Theron

Then: In 1995, Charlize played one of Eli’s followers in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Bombshell.

Margot Robbie

Then: In 2008, Margot played Cassandra in Vigilante.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bombshell.

Jonathan Pryce

Then: In 1976, Jonathan played Joseph Manasse in Voyage of the Damned.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Actor for his performance in The Two Popes.

Cynthia Erivo

Then: In 2018, Cynthia played Belle in Widows.

Now: She’s nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Harriet.

Adam Driver

Then: In 2011, Adam played Walter Lyle in J. Edgar.

Now: He’s nominated for Best Actor for his performance in Marriage Story.



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