You Should See These 14 Movies That This Year’s Oscar Winning Actors Previously Starred In

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Although we’ll always remember the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony as having all sorts of weirdness, let’s not forget about the winning performances. We've made a list of 14 movies you should see that this year's winning actors have starred in...

Storylines are from IMDb.

This time, we won’t be looking at Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Casey Affleck, and Emma Stone’s Oscar winning performances. Rather, we’ve made a list of other movies that these actors have previously starred in.

Mahershala Ali won the award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Moonlight. Here are a few notable films from his successful career.

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#1 Hidden Figures (It was nominated for Best Picture for Oscars 2017)

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As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Based on the unbelievably true life stories of three of these women, known as "human computers", we follow these women as they quickly rose the ranks of NASA alongside many of history's greatest minds specifically tasked with calculating the momentous launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, and guaranteeing his safe return. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes. 

IMDb: 7.9

#2 Mahershala Ali also starred in the first season of Marvel's Luke Cage.

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Given super strength and durability by a sabotaged experiment, a wrongly accused man escapes prison to become a superhero for hire.

IMDb: 7.8

#3 Free State of Jones (2016)

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Set during the Civil War, Free State of Jones tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. 

IMDb: 6.9

Emma Stone won the award for Best Actress for her performance in La La Land. Here are a few of the best movies she starred in.

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#4 Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

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Actor Riggan Thomson is most famous for his movie role from over twenty years ago of the comic book superhero Birdman in the blockbuster movie of the same name and its two equally popular sequels. His association with the role took over his life, where Birdman is more renowned than "Riggan Thomson" the actor. Now past middle age, Riggan is trying to establish himself as a true artist by writing, directing, starring in and co-producing with his best friend Jake what is his Broadway debut, an adaptation of Raymond Carver's story, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. He is staking his name, what little artistic reputation that comes with that name and his life savings on the project, and as such will do anything needed to make the play a success.

IMDb: 7.8

#5 Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

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A middle-aged husband's life changes dramatically when his wife asks him for a divorce. He seeks to rediscover his manhood with the help of a newfound friend, Jacob, learning to pick up girls at bars.

IMDb: 7.4

#6 For a younger Emma Stone, check out Zombieland (2009)

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Searching for family. In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his 30 rules: such as "look in the back seat," "double-tap," "avoid public restrooms." He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive. He gets a ride with a boisterous zombie-hating good-old boy headed for Florida, and soon they confront a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie and wants to be put out of her misery. The sisters were headed to an LA amusement park they've heard is zombie free. Can the kid from Ohio get to his family? And what about rule thirty one? 

IMDb: 7.7

#7 The Help (2011) (She was nominated for the Oscar for her performance in this movie as well)

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Set in Mississippi during the 1960s, Skeeter (Stone) is a southern society girl who returns from college determined to become a writer, but turns her friends' lives -- and a Mississippi town -- upside down when she decides to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent southern families. Aibileen (Davis), Skeeter's best friend's housekeeper, is the first to open up -- to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community. Despite Skeeter's life-long friendships hanging in the balance, she and Aibileen continue their collaboration and soon more women come forward to tell their stories -- and as it turns out, they have a lot to say. Along the way, unlikely friendships are forged and a new sisterhood emerges, but not before everyone in town has a thing or two to say themselves when they become unwittingly -- and unwillingly -- caught up in the changing times.

IMDb: 8.1

#8 Easy A (2010)

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After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne's in "The Scarlet Letter," which she is currently studying in school - until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

IMDb: 7.1

Emma Stone will also star in Battle of the Sexes, one of the most anticipated films of the year.

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The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Viola Davis won the award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Fences. Here are a few of her best performances.

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She and Emma Stone were in The Help together in 2011.

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She was nominated that year for the best actress award.

#9 Prisoners (2013)

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How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki arrests its driver, Alex Jones, but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child's life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?

IMDb: 8.1

#10 Doubt (2008)

It's 1964, St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, is trying to upend the school's strict customs, which have long been fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear-based discipline. The winds of political change are sweeping through the community, and indeed, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. But when Sister James, a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-inducing suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without a shard of proof besides her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequences. 

IMDb: 7.5

#11 TV Series, How to Get Away with Murder (2014–)

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A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot that will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.

IMDb: 8.3

Casey Affleck won the award for the best actor, and it seems he’ll overshadow his brother in the coming years as well. Here are some of the notable movies he starred in.

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#12 In fact, he was really close to winning the Oscar before with his performance for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but he lost to Javier Bardem.

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Taking place in the American Northwest in the early 1880s, the film dramatizes the last seven months in the life of famed outlaw Jesse James, beginning with the Blue Cut train robbery of 1881 and culminating in his assassination at the hands of Robert Ford the following April. In the time between these two fateful events, the young and jealous Ford befriends the increasingly mistrustful outlaw, even as he plots his demise.

IMDb: 7.5

#13 Gone Baby Gone (2007) (His brother, Ben Affleck, directed the movie)

When 4 year old Amanda McCready disappears from her home and the police make little headway in solving the case, the girl's aunt Beatrice McCready hires two private detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro. The detectives freely admit that they have little experience with this type of case, but the family wants them for two reasons - they're not cops and they know the tough Boston neighborhood in which they all live. As the case progresses, Kenzie and Gennaro face drug dealers, gangs and pedophiles. When they are about to solve their case, they are faced with a moral dilemma that could tear them apart.

IMDb: 7.7

#14 And finally, here’s La La Land’s director Damien Chazelle’s first movie Whiplash (2014).

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A young and talented drummer attending a prestigious music academy finds himself under the wing of the most respected professor at the school, one who does not hold back on abuse towards his students. The two form an odd relationship as the student wants to achieve greatness, and the professor pushes him.

IMDb: 8.5

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