Looking back on an actor's early roles is either a harbinger of genius or fodder for embarrassment. For every Colin Firth in 'Another Country,' there's Jeremy Renner in 'National Lampoon's Senior Trip.' But we all gotta start somewhere, right?

For the 20 actors up for awards at this year's Academy Awards, the Internet has been the gift and the curse, able to preserve both the stellar performances and the inauspicious starts. Thankfully, we dig both. Rufulicious indeed, Mr. Franco. Rufulicious, indeed.
BMX Bandits Movie Poster
BMX Bandits
In Theaters on September 21, 2001

Teens P.J. (Angelo D'Angelo) and Goose (James Lugton) get their thrills on BMX bikes, performing hair-raising... Read More

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Lassie Movie Poster
In Theaters on July 22, 1994

On their way to start a new life at a sheep farm in rural Virginia, the Turner family are halted by a... Read More

National Lampoon's Senior Trip Movie Poster
National Lampoon's Senior Trip
In Theaters on September 8, 1995

To embarrass his rival, a scheming senator (Lawrence Dane) uses nitwit Ohio teens who are invited to... Read More

Never Been Kissed Movie Poster
Never Been Kissed
Based on 26 critics

Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore), a baby-faced junior copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, must pose as... Read More

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Drop Dead Gorgeous
In Theaters on July 23, 1999

An annual beauty pageant in small-town Minnesota turns ridiculously competitive and ultimately chaotic... Read More

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The Emperor's Club
Based on 32 critics

Kevin Kline stars as Arthur Hundert, a dedicated and inspiring classics professor who has devoted his... Read More

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High Heels
Based on 12 critics

The escapades of a famous Spanish actress (Marisa Paredes) and her daughter (Victoria Abril) lead to... Read More

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Alvin Purple
In Theaters on 1973

Australian waterbed salesman Alvin (Graeme Blundell) sees a psychiatrist (Penne Hackforth-Jones) about... Read More

Another Country Movie Poster
Another Country
In Theaters on 1984

In this film adaptation of the Julian Mitchell play, classmates and fellow outcasts Guy Bennett (Rupert... Read More

The Great Outdoors Movie Poster
The Great Outdoors
In Theaters on June 17, 1988

It's vacation time for outdoorsy Chicago man Chet Ripley (John Candy), along with his wife, Connie (Stephanie... Read More

Starstruck Movie Poster
In Theaters on 1982

A Sydney teen (Jo Kennedy) tries to make it as a rock singer, with help from her odd 14-year-old cousin... Read More

The Dentist Movie Poster
The Dentist
In Theaters on 1996

After finding his wife with the pool man, a Beverly Hills dentist (Corbin Bernsen) takes his feelings... Read More

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