9 First-Time Oscar Nominees' Best Early & Lesser-Known Roles

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The 2015 Oscar nominees are filled with familiar faces, but you'd be surprised how many of them are first-time nominees. Longtime actors like Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons, and Michael Keaton received their first Academy Award nods, and newcomers Felicity Jones and Rosamund Pike joined the award nominee party.

To celebrate all of the first-timers, I've rounded up one movie from the actors' pasts that you should check out. I tried avoiding cliches and popular flicks and instead focused on lesser-known films, like Emma Stone in The Rocker and Benedict Cumberbatch in The Other Boleyn Girl. As you can tell, some of the movies are Oscar-worthy, too, and some are just plain fun.

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