Back to IndieWire

Before They Were Famous: Check Out the Best Supporting Actress Nominees in Their Debut Film Roles

Before They Were Famous: Check Out the Best Supporting Actress Nominees in Their Debut Film Roles

It’s hard to pick from the Academy’s stunning selection of Best Supporting Actress nominees: Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts, June Squibb. In honor of the nominees, Indiewire has compiled a list of scenes that commemorate the moment when these talented actresses first made it on the screen.

READ MORE: Check Out the Best Supporting Actor Nominees in Their Debut Film Roles

Sally Hawkins, nominated for “Blue Jasmine” – “All or Nothing” (2002)

While Hawkins had two small roles on television, her premiere was in Mike Leigh’s “All or Nothing.” The film revolves around three working class families in London and Hawkins plays Samantha, an unemployed daughter of Phil, a minicab driver, and Carol, an out-of-work alcoholic.

Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for “American Hustle” – “Monk” (2006)

While not necessarily a debut on film, Jennifer Lawrence’s first major appearance was a small role in the hit series “Monk.” She played a mascot at a high school girl’s basketball game. The internet will smile.

Lupita Nyong’o, nominated for “12 Years a Slave” – “East River” (2008)

Prior to “12 Years a Slave,” Nyong’o was relatively unknown. Having recently graduated from the Yale School of Drama, her first role on screen was in a short film called “East River.” N’yong’o plays F, a woman who has a brief relationship with a lone traveler who recently arrived in NYC. 

Julia Roberts, nominated for “August: Osage County” – “Crime Story” (1987)

Roberts’ debut on the screen was in the Chicago cop drama, “Crime Story.” She played Tracy, a troubled teenager navigating the complex fallout of her parent’s divorce. 

June Squibb, nominated for “Nebraska” – “Alice” (1990)

Squibb’s first role on screen was in Woody Allen’s “Alice.” She played Hilda, joining a talented cast to tell the story of a spoiled Manhattan house wife that starts reevaluating her life.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Awards and tagged , , , , , , ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox