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Baby Pictures: Breakout Films of Eight 2013 Oscar Nominees

Film & TV

Baby Pictures: Breakout Films of Eight 2013 Oscar Nominees

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Although Robert De Niro is now the go-to for father roles--see 'Silver Linings Playbook'--for most of his career he's been known for his edgier characters. Check out 1968's 'Greetings,' where the man with the million-dollar mole plays an aspiring filmmaker and peeping tom. WATCH IT NOW
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Oscar-nominated for her role in 'The Sessions,' you may still know Helen Hunt best as one half of the neurotic couple on the '90s sitcom staple 'Mad About You.' But as a very young actress, Hunt caught her break depicting life in a more benign hell as Roberta in 1975's 'The Swiss Family Robinson.' WATCH IT NOW
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Oscar-nominated for donning the stovepipe hat in 'Lincoln,' Daniel Day Lewis caught his big break as Johnny in 1985's 'My Beautiful Laundrette,' about a street punk called upon by his immigrant friend to help launch a successful laundromat. This one's better than it sounds. WATCH IT NOW
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Long before she was Lincoln's wife, or Forrest Gump's mother, Sally Field was a stone cold babe. Don't believe us? Check out 1967's 'The Way West,' in which the 23-year-old plays alongside Kirk Douglass as a beguiling settler making her way to Oregon. WATCH IT NOW
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Before landing a leading role in 'The Master,' Joaquin Phoenix got his big break in 'Space Camp,' a 1986 family adventure flick in which kids in space camp are accidentally launched into orbit. Can't find Phoenix? He's the little twerp at the bottom. WATCH IT NOW
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If you feel like Jessica Chastain practically emerged from thin air, you're almost right. Though she's nominated for an Oscar for her role in 'Zero Dark Thirty,' she only broke the big screen in 2008's 'Jolene,' where she played a cross-country-traveling orphan. WATCH IT NOW
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Before he was drunkenly careening airplanes around the sky in 'Flight,' Denzel Washington starred in 1981's comedy caper 'Carbon Copy' as Roger Porter, the long lost black son of a wealthy white corporate executive living in an exclusively white community. Washington delivers zingers like this one: "You can show me how to build model airplanes, I'll show you how to pick a lock." Oh boy. WATCH IT NOW
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Long before landing a nomination for 'The Impossible,' Naomi Watts played a considerably less demanding role as a teenager in the 1991 Australian coming-of-age pic 'Flirting' opposite an equally young Nicole Kidman. Just look at her! She's as cute as a button. WATCH IT NOW
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Long before they were set to grace the stage of the Dolby Theater this Sunday, the 2013 Oscar Nominees were playing road-weary orphans, London street punks, and peeping toms.