Being nominated for an Oscar is just about the most prestigious achievement an actor can accomplish, but the road to this kind of glamor and praise is long and winding. We want to take a look back at the embarrassing things some of the thirsty, thirsty nominees had to do before they were good enough to be cast in Oscar-worthy sh*t.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Someone should photoshop that cheese into an Oscar so we can all laugh when the mom slaps his hand away. But if anyone’s going to do that, they should do it soon, while the “Leo Never Wins and Oscar” meme is still relevant. (That meme probably dies this month. IT BETTER DIE THIS MONTH.)

Bryan Cranston

Before he was considered one of the greatest actors of all time, Bryan Cranston had to sell ass cream to pay the bills. And he even nails that! This commercial almost makes me wish I had hemorrhoids just so I can be a little closer to him (not really, though).

Brie Larson

You won’t even recognize Best Actress nominee Brie Larson in the above clip from the 2001 sitcom Raising Dad. You will, however, probably recognize Kat Dennings when she walks in after about a minute.

Eddie Redmayne

If you skip to the 23:58 mark of this episode of British soap drama Doctors, you’ll see a younger Eddie Redmayne playing what looks like a sensitive, pompous English school boy. The scene is horribly written, but even with crappy dialogue, you can see his talent through. That hair though… ouch.

Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo trying to run and hide from his zits is just about the greatest thing ever. It’s almost as great as the fact that he and his girlfriend at the end have matching ’80s haircuts.

Christian Bale

The only really embarrassing thing about this commercial is that General Mills stopped making Pac Man cereal. #BringItBack

Which Oscar nominee do you think should go back to commercials?


Screen Junkies host, Hal Rudnick, shares old clips of 2016 Oscar-nominated actors, including Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and more, appearing in cheesy movies and TV shows before they became famous celebrities.

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