When the Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning, several actors who got their starts on the small screen found themselves in the running for film’s highest honor.
Perhaps the buzziest was Bradley Cooper, best known on TV as Alias‘ journalist-turned-spy Will, who is up for Best Actor for his part in Silver Linings Playbook.
Mad About You‘s Helen Hunt also nabbed a big nom, entering the Supporting Actress race for her portrayal of a professional sex surrogate in The Sessions. (Hunt won Best Actress in 1998 for As Good as It Gets.)
In addition, the Supporting Actress category found Brothers & Sisters matriarch Sally Field — who’s twice before taken home Oscar gold — listed for her portrayal of the First Lady in Lincoln. The presidential biopic also warranted a nomination for director (and Smash executive producer) Steven Spielberg.
Meanwhile, Hunt’s Sessions co-star John Hawkes was snubbed for a Best Actor nod. In the film, the former Deadwood actor plays a man in an iron lung looking to lose his virginity.
For a complete list of nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards, visit our sister site Deadline.com. The ceremony airs Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC.
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