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March 4th, 2010 by Martin Moakler Social Community Manager

This Sunday, the entire world will stop to see who the stars are wearing, what they say on the red carpet and, most importantly, who wins (so we can see if we won our office pool) at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. However for one small group of people — the nominees — it’s a life-changing event for which they’ve been preparing by accepting shampoo bottles and hair brushes in their bathroom mirror for years. But one doesn’t (usually) become an Oscar-nominated actor overnight, so we’ve gathered some clips that signify six of the nominees’ long, hard road to the Kodak Theatre. And the Oscar may go to … — Martin Moakler, Hulu Content Editor

Morgan Freeman
Nowadays, Morgan, nominated for Best Actor for portraying Nelson Mandela in Invictus, is known for his distinct voice and characters that are frequently the conscience of the films he chooses, but for Gen X-ers, their first exposure to Morgan was when he was teaching them to sp-…-ell … spell on The Electric Company.

Meryl Streep
There was actually a time when Meryl, nominated for Best Actress for Julie & Julia, wasn’t renowned as the greatest actress of her generation with an awesome hummus recipe. It was her early roles, like this one as a femme fatale opposite Roy Scheider in Still of the Night, that quickly made her one to watch.

Stanley Tucci
Stanley has had a 25-year career as a character actor who either totally charms us, like in The Devil Wears Prada, or totally creeps us out, like in The Lovely Bones, for which he is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. This clip of Stanley as a loan shark on Miami Vice definitely tips the creepy side of the scale.

Jeremy Renner
Jeremy, nominated for his role in The Hurt Locker, seems to have burst into the stratosphere from nowhere, but he has amassed an impressive resume as an indie actor in film and television shows like The Unusuals, although something tells us Jeremy isn’t going to do much TV for a while.

Yes, that Mo’Nique. With a powerhouse performance in Precious, she’s come a long way since chasing the Professor on The Parkers or introducing acts at the Apollo. And although her standup is pretty bawdy, she’s always had heart, as she demonstrates below to a room of prisoners, moments before their release.

Do you have a favorite Oscar winner/nominee’s early performance? What TV actors do you think might win an Oscar in the future? Let us know in the comments.

Last comment: Mar 18th 2010 2 Comments
  • S!ick says:

    “Easy Reader” was, and is, my hero!…

  • Tati says:

    Hi there, today i read in some german news, that hulu is soon gonna be available in Germany. Do you already know when this will be? Cant wait to watch from Germany :-)