Memorable TV moments from this year's Oscar nominees

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The 85th Academy Awards ceremony is set for Feb. 24, and while this awards show is all about the movies, many of the top nominees have rocked memorable TV gigs.

From a flying nun to a single smoker in the city, check out some of the all-time top TV moments from this year's Oscar nominees.

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Bradley Cooper: "Sex and the City"

The Best Lead Actor nominee ("Silver Linings Playbook") made his TV debut in 1999 on a little HBO show called "Sex and the City." Cooper played single smoker Jake, one of Carrie Bradshaw's (Sarah Jessica Parker) fleeting love interests in the Season 2 episode "They Shoot Single People, Don't They?"

According to Glamour, the actor said of his awkward "SATC" kissing scene, "Right before we shot the scene, this guy came up, and I think he said, 'SJP does no tongue. No tongue, man.' And I was like, 'Who's SJP?' So she kisses me, then straddles me in the front of the car, and all I kept thinking about was keeping my tongue as far back in my mouth as possible. It was nightmare. But she wasn't; she was great."

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Denzel Washington: "St. Elsewhere"

Long before McDreamy and McSteamy, there was Dr. Phillip Chandler. Lead actor nom Denzel Washington ("Flight") played the good doc from 1982 to 1988 on the NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere." (Check out this pic of the stethoscope-toting Washington.)

[Related: Fun facts about 'St. Elsewhere']

 In a 1985 interview, Washington told talk show host Merv Griffin that he actually started off studying pre-med in college, but later changed direction and turned to acting. "My mother is pleased because I make as much as a doctor," he said. Talk about a guy who can really say, "I'm not a doctor, but I played one on TV!"

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Jennifer Lawrence: "My Super Sweet 16" promo

Yeah, yeah, we know Best Lead Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence has an entire TV series under her belt (as a teen she starred on "The Bill Engvall Show" for three seasons), but nothing trumps her SAG card-earning cameo on a MTV "My Super Sweet 16" promo. The spot meant so much to the "Silver Linings Playbook" star that she mentioned it in her recent Screen Actors Guild Award acceptance speech.

"I want to thank MTV," Lawrence said. "I earned my SAG card when I was 14. I did an MTV promo for 'My Super Sweet 16.' And I remember getting it in the mail, and it being the best day of my entire life, because it officially made me a professional actor, which put me in the category with all of you."

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Alan Arkin: "Sesame Street"

Just about every big-name star has done the obligatory guest spot on "Sesame Street," but Best Supporting Actor nominee Alan Arkin was somewhat of a regular. In the early 1970s, the "Argo" star had a recurring role as the character Larry in the "Larry and Phyllis" sketches. His co-star in the skits was played by his then real-life wife Barbara Dana.

['Related: 'Sesame Street' takes on 'Downton Abbey']

In an interview with Moviefone, Arkin said, "I love doing kids shows, and I love working with kids. I've done a lot of it. A lot of people don't like working with children, but I love it." When asked if he'd ever consider appearing on the long-running PBS children's program again, he said, "They are still making that show? I had no idea. I'd jump at it if they asked me." 

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Sally Field: "The Girl With Something Extra"

"Lincoln" has garnered more Oscar noms this year than any other film, and one of its biggest star's biggest TV moments was actually her 1985 Oscar acceptance speech ('You like me, right now, you like me!" Sally Field declared). Long before that, though, she was a TV regular. While we've watched Field grow up from teen surfer "Gidget" to a "Flying Nun" to a grandmother on the ABC drama "Brothers and Sisters," who can forget her starring stint as a newlywed with ESP on the 1973 sitcom "The Girl with Something Extra" ? The fantasy sitcom only lasted one season, but the ridiculously cute image of Sally Field and co-star John Davidson as young newlyweds remains ingrained in TV fans' brains forever.

The 2013 Oscars ceremony will air live on Sunday, 2/24 at 7 PM ET on ABC.

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