As movie buffs gear up to watch the very long list of critically acclaimed TV shows and films up for Golden Globe Awards, we’re taking a look back at the stars’ early onscreen roles — some of which even led to nominations.
Take a trip down memory lane by hosting a mini viewing party, courtesy of Saoirse Ronan, Freddie Highmore and Shailene Woodley’s blast-from-the-past performances.
Currently up for: best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie for Big Little Lies
The role you almost forgot about: Amy Juergen, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
The ABC Family show aired for five seasons, from 2008 to 2013, and centered on the life of Amy (Woodley), a high school student whose life changes forever when she finds out she’s pregnant. Fun fact: Selena Gomez’s BFF Francia Raisa also starred on the family drama.
Currently up for: best performance by an actor in a television series, comedy or musical for The Good Doctor
The role you almost forgot about: Peter Llewelyn Davies, Finding Neverland
The Good Doctor is hardly Highmore’s first high-profile role — the 25-year-old English actor made our hearts swell in the Johnny Depp-fronted Finding Neverland (2004) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) before creeping us out as a young Norman Bates in Bates Motel, which lasted five seasons.
Currently up for: best actress, limited series or television movie for Big Little Lies
The role you almost forgot about: Dani Trant, The Man in the Moon
As an up-and-comer and before she became our hero in Legally Blonde, Witherspoon starred in a ’50s-set coming-of-age film that is equal parts sweet and heartbreaking.
Currently up for: best performance by an actress in a motion picture for Lady Bird
The role you almost forgot about: Briony Tallis, age 13, Atonement
Okay, so we’re admittedly still reeling from all the performances in 2007’s Atonement, but Ronan’s portrayal of a young girl who wrongly accuses her older sister’s lover of sexually assaulting her cousin, is one to remember. It also nabbed Ronan her first-ever Golden Globe nomination.
Currently up for: best performance by an actress in a television series, drama for The Handmaid’s Tale
The role you almost forgot about: Polly, Girl, Interrupted
If you blink you’ll miss Moss in this scene from the award-winning film, which sees the Golden Globe nominee play Polly, a severely disfigured patient at the mental hospital Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder’s characters are also patients at.
Currently up for: best performance by an actress in a television series, drama for The Deuce
The role you almost forgot about: Elizabeth Darko, Donnie Darko
Although 2001’s Donnie Darko is synonymous with her brother Jake Gyllenhaal (and a seriously creepy bunny), some people forget the movie also stars the actor’s sister, who plays his onscreen sibling in the thriller.
Currently up for: best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie for Feud: Bette and Joan
The role you almost forgot about: Rahad Jackson, Boogie Nights
Because nothing beats a mustached Molina, who is known for his dramatic turns on the big screen, getting his groove on to Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” in 1997’s Boogie Nights.
Currently up for: best performance by an actor in a television series, comedy or musical for I Love Dick
The role you almost forgot about: Jack, Friday the 13th
Before winning over audiences in Footloose, Bacon starred in the iconic 1980 horror film, which also gave us (SPOILER!) quite the epic death scene.