5 Stars Who Won Oscars in Their First-Ever Films
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By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2014 1:35 PM CDT
Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Actors who've been in the biz for years without ever snagging an Academy Award probably shake their heads and sigh when they think about these six celebrities rounded up by Biography.com—all of whom won Oscars for their film debuts. A sampling:

  • Lupita Nyong'o: Best Supporting Actress, 12 Years a Slave, 2014
  • Julie Andrews: Best Actress, Mary Poppins, 1964

  • Barbra Streisand: Best Actress, Funny Girl, 1969
  • Jennifer Hudson: Best Supporting Actress, Dreamgirls, 2006
  • Anna Paquin: Best Supporting Actress, The Piano, 1994
Click for the complete list, which does include one man, and more details.