Before you can take home the Oscar, or even get nominated for an Academy Award, you have to pay your dues. See the acting these nominees did before they were famous enough to be considered for the award.

I don't even remember the '92 made for television movie, 'Desperate Choices: To Save My Child,' in which a teenage Reece Witherspoon played a 16-year-old diagnosed with cancer.

Another surprise was the television show 'Working Stiffs' starring John Belushi. As a Belushi fan, I'm embarrassed to say I'd forgotten his now Oscar-nominated co-star was Michael Keaton. Then again, the series lasted less than a month in 1979, so it was a flop for both Belushi and Keaton.