Your Favorite Celebrities Looked SO Different At Their First Oscars

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Well, we did it, friends. We reached the zenith, the apex, the culmination, the big bang at the end of awards show season (not to be confused with other seasons in a celebrity’s existence, including pilot and festival). It’s finally time for the Academy Awards. Golden Oscars will be distributed, and then we can all head on home until it’s time to go through this hoopla again next year.
Many celebs who’ll be in attendance at this year’s ceremony aren’t making their maiden voyage down the red carpet. That’s why we’re throwing it back to the first time some of your favorite stars donned their best and headed to the Academy Awards. Then, you can see just how much they’ve changed over the years.
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Also, just a note, we are counting the Science and Technical Awards show that’s held before the main event in February or March, in addition to the Governors Awards in November. As long as they’re accolades bestowed by the Academy of Motion Pictures of Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) — which handles this whole shebang — the event counts for the purposes of this slideshow. Mostly because this way, you get to see Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams coupled up at the 2006 Science and Technical Awards Ceremony. Trust us, it’s worth it. (Recommended viewing after this slideshow: The Notebook.)
So, before we all settle in to watch Hollywood reward itself for another year let’s take a trip down memory lane to see how he and other megastars looked the very first time they appeared at Hollywood’s biggest night.
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Glenn Close

At the 56th Annual Academy Awards in 1984.
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Glenn Close

At the 86th Annual Academy Awards in 2014.
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Rachel Weisz

At the 78th annual Academy Awards in 2006, where she won Best Supporting Actress for The Constant Gardner.
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Rachel Weisz

At the 79th annual Academy Awards in 2007.
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Viola Davis

At the 81st annual Academy Awards in 2009.
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Viola Davis

At the 90th annual Academy Awards in 2018.
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Emma Stone
An early appearance at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscars party.
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Emma Stone
A preview of how she looked at the 2017 Oscars (when she won Best Actress for La La Land), taken at the Nominees' Lunch in February.
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John Travolta


At the 50th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 3, 1978
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John Travolta


At the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015
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Meryl Streep


With husband Don Gummer at the 51st annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 9, 1979
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Meryl Streep


At the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015
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Whoopi Goldberg


At the 57th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 25, 1985
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Whoopi Goldberg


With daughter Alex Martin at the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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Oprah Winfrey


With Akosua Busia at the 58th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 24, 1986
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Oprah Winfrey


At the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015
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Angelina Jolie


With father Jon Voight at the 58th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 24, 1986
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Angelina Jolie


At the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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Julia Roberts


With Kiefer Sutherland at the 62nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 26, 1990
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Julia Roberts


At the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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Denzel Washington


At the 62nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 26, 1990
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Denzel Washington


At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 7th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on November 14, 2015
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Photo: Jim Smeal/WireImage.
Brad Pitt


With Juliette Lewis at the 64th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 30, 1992
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Brad Pitt


With Angelina Jolie Pitt at the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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Leonardo DiCaprio


At the 66th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 21, 1994
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Leonardo DiCaprio


At the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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Kate Winslet


At the 68th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 25, 1996
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Kate Winslet


At the 82nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 7, 2010
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Halle Berry


At the 68th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 25, 1996
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Halle Berry


At the 85th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 24, 2013
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Sandra Bullock


At the 68th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 25, 1996
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Sandra Bullock


At the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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Jennifer Lopez


At the 69th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 24, 1997
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Jennifer Lopez


At the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015
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Ben Affleck & Matt Damon


At the 70th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 23, 1998
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Ben Affleck
At the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015
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Matt Damon
At the 82nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 7, 2010
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Cate Blanchett


At the 71st annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 21, 1999
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Cate Blanchett


At the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015
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Penélope Cruz


At the 72nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 26, 2000
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Penélope Cruz


At the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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Ryan Gosling & Rachel McAdams


At the 78th Annual Academy Awards — Science and Technical Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on February 18, 2006
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Ryan Gosling


With mother Donna Gosling at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences 2nd Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on November 13, 2010
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Rachel McAdams


At the 82nd Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 7, 2010
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Jennifer Hudson


At the 79th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 25, 2007
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Jennifer Hudson


At the 87th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 22, 2015
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Emily Blunt


At the 79th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 25, 2007
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Emily Blunt


At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards in Los Angeles on November 8, 2014
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Saoirse Ronan

At the 80th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 24, 2008
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Saoirse Ronan


At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 7th Annual Governors Awards in Los Angeles on November 14, 2015
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Jennifer Lawrence


At the 83rd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on February 27, 2011
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Jennifer Lawrence


At the 86th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 2, 2014
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