10 Actors You Didn't Remember Won Oscars

10 Actors You Didn't Remember Won Oscars
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Here are 10 admittedly great actors whose Oscar wins, for whatever reason, left no trace in public memory.

When Oscar season rolls around, everyone's talking about the big movies like "Oppenheimer " and "Killers of the Flower Moon " and actors like Cillian Murphy and America Ferrera who might grab their first golden statues, making it all feel like a big, exciting celebration of movies; but amid all the buzz, it's easy to forget that some actors, who've already had their moment in the Oscar spotlight, don't always stay in the front of our minds.

These actors, who once stood on that stage and thanked everyone from their co-stars to their high school drama teachers, might not be the ones you immediately think of when you think "Oscar winner"; maybe it's because the roles they won for aren't talked about much anymore, or maybe they've just been quiet on the acting front lately.

But just like finding a forgotten $20 bill in your pocket can make your day, rediscovering these actors and their award-winning performances is a real treat; it's a reminder of the wide range of talent and stories that get celebrated in Hollywood, beyond just the current year's favorites.

So, as we get ready to cheer on this year's nominees, let's also take a moment to remember those past winners; they're like hidden gems in the vast world of movies, waiting to be watched and appreciated all over again.

Scheduled for Sunday, March 10, at Los Angeles' Dolby Theatre, the Oscars are set to commence at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The evening will begin with a 30-minute prelude from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (3:30 to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time), leading up to the live broadcast. This prestigious event will be aired globally across more than 200 territories from the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood, available live on ABC.