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What Every 2020 Academy Awards Nominee Looked Like In Their Early Acting Roles

Updated February 6, 2020 2.3k votes 256 voters 8.6k views19 items

List RulesVote up the actors or actresses who have changed the most over the years.

This year's crop of best actors and actresses are a mixed bag of incredible talent. Ranging from seasoned vets to newbies in the industry, the talent pool for this year's Oscar race is quite deep. Many of the 2020 Oscar nominees have decades of work behind them, while others are fairly new to audiences. Here is a look back at the careers of this year's nominees. Vote up the actor or actress who has changed the most since their early roles. 

  • As Elliot in He Knows You're Alone (1980) and as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Concord, CA
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    As Billy Donovan in Murder, She Wrote (1984; CBS) and as Arthur Fleck in Joker (2019)

    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
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  • As an extra in Dazed and Confused (1993) and as Judy Garland in Judy (2019)

    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Katy, Texas, United States of America
    Dramatic transformation?

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  • As Richard I in The Lion in Winter (1968) and as Pope Benedict in The Two Popes (2019)

    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom
    Dramatic transformation?

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