Oscar Contenders With TV Pasts — From Small Screen to the Silver Screen!

With all the award-season buzz around the year's most-acclaimed actors, it's easy to overlook the fact that some of these thespians cut their teeth on the small screen. Here are some Oscar contenders who may surprise you with the TV entries on their filmographies!

For example, Jennifer Lawrence may be an international superstar now — thanks to American Hustle and The Hunger Games — but J.Law was just a mischievous daughter in one of her first jobs in Hollywood: The Bill Engvall Show on TBS, from 2007 to 2009.

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01.15.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
Related: Oscars, Celebrity, Features, Hot Guys, Jennifer Lawrence, Movies, Red Carpet, TV, TV Stars

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