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    Top of the class

    These Hollywood favorites were just ordinary high-school kids way back before they starred in some of the biggest films of the year. Check out the yearbook photos of this year's Oscar nominees.

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    Jessica Chastain -

    Jessica Chastain is seen in a photo from her senior year at El Camino High School in Sacramento, Calif., in 1995.

    Chastain, 35, is nominated for a best actress Oscar for her performance "Zero Dark Thirty."
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    Jennifer Lawrence -

    Jennifer Lawrence is pictured as an eighth grader at Kammerer Middle School in Louisville, Ky., in 2005.

    Lawrence, 22, is nominated for a best actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook."
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    Anne Hathaway -

    Anne Hathaway still had her long hair when she was a senior at Millburn High School in Millburn, N.J., in 2000.

    The 30-year-old actress is up for an Oscar for her supporting role in "Les Miserables."
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    Sally Field -

    They probably realy liked her! Sally Field is seen in a senior photo in 1964 at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, Calif.

    Field, 66, is nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Mary Todd Lincoln in "Lincoln."
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    Helen Hunt -

    Helen Hunt didn't have to go far to make her way to Hollywood after high school. The actress is seen in her senior photo at Providence High School in Burbank, Calif., in 1981.

    Hunt, 49, is up for a supporting actress Oscar for her role as a sex surrogate in the film "The Sessions."
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    Amy Adams -

    Amy Adams knew the swoop 'do would be trendy even back in 1992 when she posed for her senior photo at Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colo.

    Adams, 38, is nominated for her supporting role in "The Master."
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    Bradley Cooper -

    The Sexiest Man Alive was just another bright-eyed senior at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa., in 1993.

    The 38-year-old actor is going for Oscar gold for his leading performance in "Silver Linings Playbook."
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    Denzel Washington -

    Denzel Washington is pictured as a junior in 1971 at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla.

    The actor, 58, is nominated for an Oscar for "Flight."
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    Tommy Lee Jones -

    Tommy Lee Jones manages a little smile in his senior photo at St. Mark's School in Dallas in 1965.

    Jones, 66, is up for a supporting actor Oscar for "Lincoln."
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    Philip Seymour Hoffman -

    Straight from the feathered-hair goodness of the late 1980s, Philip Seymour Hoffman is shown in a senior year photo from Fairport High School in Fairport, N.Y., in 1985.

    Hoffman, 45, hopes to take home an Oscar for his supporting role in "The Master."
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    Alan Arkin -

    Alan Arkin rocks the bow tie in 1951 for picture day at Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles.

    Arkin, 78, is nominated for his supporting role as Lester Siegel in "Argo."
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    Tim Burton -

    Long before his hair took on a life of its own, director Tim Burton has the '70s style down in this 1976 photo from Burbank High School in Burbank, Calif.

    The 54-year-old Burton is nominated for an Oscar for best animated feature film for "Frankenweenie."
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    Steven Spielberg -

    Steven Spielberg's senior photo was shot in 1965 at Saratoga High School in Saratoga, Calif.

    The longtime director, 66, is hoping to take home the Oscar for his work on "Lincoln."
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    Ben Affleck -

    Too cool for school? Ben Affleck is shown in his senior photo at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Mass., in 1990.

    Passed over for a directing nod, Affleck, 40, can still win an Academy Award for best picture for producing "Argo."
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    George Clooney -

    George Clooney flashes the smile and squint that would earn him his own Sexiest Man title in this senior photo from Augusta High School in Augusta, Ky., in 1979.

    Clooney, 51, is looking for a best picture Oscar for his production work on "Argo."
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    Kathryn Bigelow -

    Kathryn Bigelow is shown during her junior year in 1968 at San Carlos High School in San Carlos, Calif.

    The "Zero Dark Thirty" director, 61, is going for a best picture Oscar for her film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
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