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2016 Oscar Nominees’ Career Paths to Success

Even your favorite stars had to work hard to get where they are today.  [TWEET]

If you’re like the rest of us, you’re getting your Oscars tux or designer gown ready for the red carpet this weekend. Well, you’re probably not doing exactly that, but don’t let that stop you from getting excited about the upcoming Oscars.

The Academy Awards are considered to be the most prestigious of award shows. During award season, the world’s most well-known cinematic professionals receive recognition for their hard work throughout the year. Some of the big names we’re excited to see include: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and a favorite of mine, Christian Bale.

When I hear these names, along with the other nominated actors, I think of how lucky they are to be where they are today. However, it’s easy to forget that just like the rest of us, they had to work hard to build their careers. As glamorous and talented as these actors are, they’re still human.

None of these actors woke up and ended up at the Oscars, they all had to deal with rejection and uncertainty just like we do. The job search can be a daunting process, but the inspirational journeys of your favorite actors should give you some hope.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for best actor in a leading role this year for his performance in The Revenant. This is his sixth nomination for an Academy Award, and will hopefully be his first win. While he has a long history of memorable roles, a few in particular come to mind when I hear his name.

A few big ones include What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Catch Me If You Can, The Departed and Titanic. Surprisingly enough, he didn’t land a big starring role right off the bat, he started off in commercials. He was also a cast member in several television shows, including Growing Pains and Parenthood. Due to his undeniable talent and hard work, he got his big break in Romeo + Juliet, which led to his ongoing, prosperous career.

Brie Larson

Brie Larson

Brie Larson is a name you are probably hearing a lot of these days due to Oscars buzz. She got her big break in this year’s film, Room. Although you may not have heard her name as frequently as some of the other Oscar contenders, she’s had an impressive career up to this point.

Brie started out as a television actress in the late 90’s, making appearances in Raising Dad, Ghost Whisperer and later, The United States of Tara. You may remember her from the hilarious 21 Jump Street and last year’s film, Trainwreck. However, her breakout role in Room is what catapulted her career into the big leagues.

Although Brie Larson hasn’t been as well-known throughout her film career as Matt Damon, that’s not to say she hasn’t had success up until this point. Sometimes, it takes that one role to really get your name out there. With this Oscar nomination, she will undoubtedly have a long career ahead of her.

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne is another name we’re excited to hear back at the Oscars this year. He previously won the Oscar in 2014 for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

Before becoming a full-time actor, Eddie attended school in Cambridge where he studied art history. He made appearances in various theatrical productions including Oliver! and The Twelfth Night. He also held minor roles in a few television shows in the early 2000’s. Eddie went on to pursue a modelling career before acquiring some of his big film roles.

His film career began in 2006 when a casting director discovered him in a play and cast him as Alex Forbes, a minor who killed one of his schoolmates, in the movie Like Minds. From there, Eddie went on to have a very successful career. Some of his biggest roles were in the films The Other Boleyn Girl, Les Miserables, The Theory of Everything and his current Oscar nominated role in The Danish Girl.

All of these actors have paid their dues to reach this point, none with a particularly easy journey. Their successes show us that with hard work and patience, anyone can achieve their goals. If you’re in the midst of switching careers or trying to move up in your industry, keep your eye on the prize and your commitment will eventually pay off.

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