With the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards out of the way, all eyes are on the biggest night in film – the Oscars. This year’s Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 22 with Neil Patrick Harris taking on hosting duties for the first time.
For many up-and-comers, experiencing the glitz and glamour of the gala up close will also be a first. But for bona fide A-listers like Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore and Halle Berry, it’s just another year and another couture gown.
Of course, this wasn’t always the case. Even Meryl Streep – who has been nominated an astounding 19 times – was an Oscars ingénue once, attending her first ceremony and winning her first (but certainly not last) statuette for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979.
And while Meryl is the undisputed queen of the Academy Awards, other actresses, like Jennifer Lawrence, rose through the Oscar ranks very quickly. It’s hard to believe that the three-time nominee attended her first ceremony just four years ago in 2011, where she turned heads in a slinky red Calvin Klein number.
Still, other film stars got their start early in life – like little Drew Barrymore, who at age eight attended her very first Academy Awards ceremony in a super-cute pink dress paired with a fur shaw. Or Angelina Jolie, who at age 10 showed up to the event in a dramatic white lace gown with matching opera-length gloves and pearls.
Angelina’s husband Brad, on the other hand, made his Oscars debut in 1992 with another leading lady on his arm – then-girlfriend Juliette Lewis.