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Great Hollywood unknowns prior to their Oscar win

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Good news for Lupita Nyong'o and Barkhad Abdi: The best known actor doesn't always take home the goldBy TheWrap StaffAnna Paquin ("The Piano," 1993)The "True Blood" star was 11 and unknown in Hollywood when she won her supporting actress trophy and memorably blinked at the crowd, overcome by emotion. Holly Hunter, who played her mute mother in the period movie set in New Zealand, won the Best Actress Oscar that year. Bing: More about 2014 Academy Awards | More on Academy Award nomineesMore on TheWrap: Oscars Countdown: The Ultimate Guide to Historic HollywoodOscar Party Preview 2014: Where Are the Buyers, Bosses, and Big Shots?#ICYMI on TheWrap: 10 of the Week's Top Showbiz Stories (Video)Want more Movies? Be sure to like MSN Movies on Facebook and follow MSN Movies Twitter.(Miramax Films)
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