You have to be a pretty phenomenal actor to receive an Oscar nomination for your very first major movie role!
Such is the case with Lupita Nyong'o. The 12 Years a Slave star nabbed a nom this morning for Best Supporting Actress in a Supporting Role for her standout performance in the Steve McQueen pic. Can you believe Nyong'o just graduated from Yale's drama school a year and a half ago?!
Nyong'o isn't the only star to receive an Oscar nom for her first feature film role this year. Captain Phillips' Barkhad Abdi was also recognized by the Academy today with a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Supporting Role for playing a Somali pirate.
They aren't the only ones. Here are a few other stars who nabbed Oscar nominations for their debut film roles.
Anna Paquin Long before True Blood, Paquin won an Oscar for Best Support Actress at the age of 11 for her very first role in 1993's The Piano!
Tatum O'Neal: The troubled star is the youngest person ever to win an Oscar. She nabbed the award for her first movie, Paper Moon, at the age of 10.
Goldie Hawn Though she had a few smaller parts in several other works, Hawn's first major film role as a suicidal fiancée in 1969's Cactus Flower won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Quvenzhané Wallis: The 10-year-old scored an Oscar nom for her role as Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild.