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10 People Who Won An Oscar For Their First Ever Film

Beginners luck?

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Actors, screenwriters, directors, designers, composers and many other talented folk involved in the barmy world of show business often work their arses off for decades in pursuit of that illustrious golden Oscar statuette.

Even then, there's no guarantee they'll actually go on to win an Academy Award some day. In fact, just getting nominated is seen as a mighty achievement in itself and many talented artists would be quite happy to just walk home with a treat-stuffed goody bag.

Yet, there have been a few ladies and gentlemen over the years who have arrived on the scene from seemingly out of nowhere and sensationally gone on to win a shiny little man for truly outstanding work... in their first ever feature project!

Directors suddenly announcing themselves as the next big thing, first-time screenwriters who penned their films in Starbucks and little-known thespians fending off star-studded Hollywood icons to win the big one, have all reminded us that you don't have to be a seasoned filmmaking veteran to win big on the night of the Academy Awards.

What matters is your performance, and this bunch of gifted souls each undoubtedly knocked it out of the park on the first time of asking.

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