15 Actors You Didn't Know Were Nominated For An Oscar

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  • Jonah Hill
    "21 Jump Street funnyman Jonah Hill was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for “Moneyball” in 2012. The award ultimately went to "Beginners" star Christopher Plummer. Reuters
  • Melissa McCarthy
    Though toilet humor isn't typically associated with Oscar caliber acting, Melissa McCarthy earned a Best Supporting Actress nod for her farcical turn in “Bridesmaids” in 2012. In the end, the "Identity Thief" star lost out to "The Help's" Octavia Spencer. Reuters
  • Sharon Stone
    Many have forgotten that sex-symbol Sharon Stone was up for Best Actress for her performance in “Casino” in 1996. "Dead Man Walking" star Susan Sarandon would take home the coveted award. Reuters
  • Dan Aykroyd
    "Blues Brothers" star Dan Aykroyd was up for a Best Supporting Actor award for “Driving Miss Daisy” in 1990 but the "Saturday Night Live" alum didn't stand a chance against "Glory" star Denzel Washignton. Reuters
  • Gary Busey
    Though he's become somewhat of a joke, in 1979 Gary Busey was a Best Actor nominee for the "The Buddy Holly Story." The award would go to Jon Voight for "Coming Home." Reuters
  • Randy Quaid
    Few will remember that back in 1973, Randy Quaid was honored with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for "The Last Detail." The award would go to "The Paper Chase" actor John Houseman. Reuters
  • Laurence Fishburne
    Though he's best known for his role in "The Matrix," Laurence Fishburne was nominated for Best Actor in 1994 for “What's Love Got to Do with It." In the end, Tom Hanks took home the honor for his performance in "Philadelphia." Reuters
  • Alec Baldwin
    In 2004, Alec Baldwin was up for a Best Supporting Actor award for “The Cooler" but lost to Mystic River" star Tim Robbins. Reuters
  • Mark Wahlberg
    Mark Wahlberg was honored with a Best Supporting Actor nomination for “The Departed” in 2006. Alan Arkin would ultimately win the award for "Little Miss Sunshine." Reuters
  • Queen Latifah
    In 2002, Queen Latifah was up for Best Supporting Actress for “Chicago” but lost out to co-star Catherine Zeta-Jones. Reuters
  • Rosie Perez
    Rosie Perez was up for Best Supporting Actress for “Fearless” in 1993 but the "In Living Color" alum lost out to 11-year-old Anna Paquin. Reuters
  • Kate Hudson
    Rom-com sensation Kate Hudson earned a Best Supporting Actress nod for “Almost Famous” in 2000. The honor went to "Pollock" star Marcia Gay Harden. Reuters
  • Chazz Palminteri
    Chazz Palminteri was up for Best Supporting Actor for “Bullets Over Broadway” in 1995 but lost out to "Ed Wood's" Martin Landau. Reuters
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With the 2013 Academy Awards fast approaching, here's a look back at 15 stars you may not have known were nominated for an Oscar.

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