We're gearing up for the Oscars this weekend, and we're eagerly awaiting the big show to find out who's going to go home with a gold statue. Before we find out who wins, though, we're highlighting all the first time-nominees. Some might surprise you!
Jared Leto  took several years away from his acting career and came back strong with Dallas Buyers Club — strong enough to net him his first Oscar nomination.
The British actress broke out in 2008's Happy-Go-Lucky (which she won a Golden Globe for), but this year marks her first Oscar nomination for best supporting actress in Blue Jasmine.
All right, all right, all right: he has arrived. Matthew McConaughey  is an acting veteran, but 2014 actually marks his first Oscar nomination for best actor for Dallas Buyers Club. And by the way things are going, it could be his first Oscar win, too.
Michael Fassbender has been a critical favorite for his acting ability for the last few years (most notably in Shame, in which he worked with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen), but his nod for best supporting actor is actually Fassbender's first Oscar nomination.
June Squibb's best supporting actress nod for Nebraska is the 84-year-old actress's first nomination, but if you're curious, she's not the oldest nominee ever (that honor goes to 87-year-old Gloria Stuart, who was up for Titanic).
Chiwetel Ejiofor impressed the film community with his leading role in 12 Years a Slave, which has earned him his very first Academy Award nomination. It may be his first shot at the Oscars, but Love Actually fans have loved him for years, actually.
Best supporting actor nominee Barkhad Abdi isn't just a first-time nominee, he's also a first-time actor. Before his breakout role in Captain Phillips, the Somalian-American Abdi was a limo driver and a DJ.
This is the 12 Year's a Slave director's first-ever nomination — and if he wins, he'll make history as the first black winner of best director.
The 12 Years a Slave star is up for best supporting actress, and her breakout role hasn't just afforded Nyong'o her first Oscar nomination. Nyong'o has taken award season by storm with her red carpet style, her fresh perspective, and her fascinating background .