2023 Oscar Nominees Then Vs. Now

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their 2023 Oscar nominees!

From Best Actor nominees like Austin Butler and Best Supporting Actress nominees like Angela Bassett, the nominations seem pretty darn valid and check out based on their mind-blowing performances.

This incredible list got me thinking about the hella talented acting nominees and how far they’ve come since they first started in the business.

So, here are the 2023 Oscar-nominated actors in the beginning of their careers vs. today and the roles they’re nominated for:

Cate Blanchett is nominated for her role as Lydia Tar in Tar.

Here’s what Cate Blanchett looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the mid-’90s:

And here’s what Cate Blanchett looks like in 2023:

Cate Blanchett in the mid-’90s vs. 2023:


Michelle Yeoh is nominated for her role as Evelyn Quan Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Here’s what Michelle Yeoh looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the mid-’80s:

And here’s what Michelle Yeoh looks like in 2023:

Michelle Yeoh in the mid-’80s vs. 2023:


Ana de Armas is nominated for her role as Marilyn Monroe in blonde.

Here’s what Ana de Armas looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the mid-’00s:

And here’s what Ana de Armas looks like in 2023:

Ana de Armas in the mid-’00s vs. 2023:


Michelle Williams is nominated for her role as Mitzi Schildkraut-Fabelman in The Fabelmans.

Here’s what Michelle Williams looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the mid-’90s:

And here’s what Michelle Williams looks like in 2023:

Michelle Williams in the mid-’90s vs. 2023:


Andrea Riseborough is nominated for her role as Leslie Rowlands in To Leslie.

Here’s what Andrea Riseborough looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the late ’00s:

And here’s what Andrea Riseborough looks like in 2023:

Andrea Riseborough in the late ’00s vs 2023:


Brendan Fraser is nominated for his role as Charlie in The Whale.

Here’s what Brendan Fraser looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the early ’90s:

And here’s what Brendan Fraser looks like in 2023:

Brendan Fraser in the early ’90s vs 2023:


Austin Butler is nominated for his role as Elvis Presley in elvis.

Here’s what Austin Butler looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the late ’00s:

And here’s what Austin Butler looks like in 2023:

Austin Butler in the late ’00s vs 2023:


Colin Farrell was nominated for his role as Pádraic Súilleabháin in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Here’s what Colin Farrell looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the late ’90s:

And here’s what Colin Farrell looks like in 2023:

Colin Farrell in the ’90s vs 2023:


Paul Mescal is nominated for his role as Calum Paterson in after sun.

Here’s what Paul Mescal looked like in the beginning of his acting career in 2020:

And here’s what Paul Mescal looks like in 2023:

Paul Mescal in 2020 vs 2023:


Bill Nighy is nominated for his role as Mr. Rodney Williams in Living.

Here’s what Bill Nighy looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the ’80s:

And here’s what Bill Nighy looks like in 2023:

Bill Nighty in the ’80s vs 2023:


Angela Bassett is nominated for her role as Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Here’s what Angela Bassett looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the early ’90s:

And here’s what Angela Bassett looks like in 2023:

Angela Bassett in the early ’90s vs 2023:


Hong Chau is nominated for her role as Liz in The Whale.

Here’s what Hong Chau looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the early 2010s:

And here’s what Hong Chau looks like in 2023:

Hong Chau in the early 2010s vs. 2023:


Jamie Lee Curtis is nominated for her role as Deirdre Beaubeirdre in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Here’s what Jamie Lee Curtis looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the late ’70s:

And here’s what Jamie Lee Curtis looks like in 2023:

Jamie Lee Curtis in the late ’70s vs 2023:


Kerry Condon is nominated for her role as Siobhán Súilleabháin in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Here’s what Kerry Condon looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the early ’00s:

And here’s what Kerry Condon looks like in 2023:

Kerry Condon in the early ’00s vs 2023:


Stephanie Hsu is nominated for her role as Joy Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Here’s what Stephanie Hsu looked like in the beginning of her acting career in the 2010s:

And here’s what Stephanie Hsu looks like in 2023:

Stephanie Hsu in the 2010s vs 2023:


Ke Huy Quan is nominated for his role as Waymond Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once.

Here’s what Ke Huy Quan looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the mid-’80s:

And here’s what Ke Huy Quan looks like in 2023:

Ke Huy Quan in the mid-’80s vs. 2023:


Brian Tyree Henry is nominated for his role as James Aucoin in Causeway.

Here’s what Brian Tyree Henry looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the mid-2010s:

And here’s what Brian Tyree Henry looks like in 2023:

Brian Tyree Henry in the mid-2010s vs. 2023:


Barry Keoghan is nominated for his role as Dominic Kearney in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Here’s what Barry Keoghan looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the early 2010s:

And here’s what Barry Keoghan looks like in 2023:

Barry Keoghan in the early 2010s vs 2023:


Judd Hirsch is nominated for his role as Boris Schildkraut in The Fabelmans.

Here’s what Judd Hirsch looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the ’70s:

And here’s what Judd Hirsch looks like in 2023:

Judd Hirsch in the ’70s vs 2023:


And finally: Brendan Gleeson is nominated for his role as Colm Doherty in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Here’s what Brendan Gleeson looked like in the beginning of his acting career in the ’90s:

And here’s what Brendan Gleeson looks like in 2023:

Brendan Gleeson in the ’90s vs 2023:


You can check out the entire 2023 Oscar nominees list here.

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