10 TV Stars You Never Knew Won Oscars

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Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
20th Century Fox
Before she was diva-ing it up on smash, Anjelica Huston took away the trophy for Best Supporting Actress in the "love in the mob" film Prizzi's Honor. Read on to see nine other TV actors who took home Oscar gold. {PHOTO CREDIT: 20th Century Fox}
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Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin
Miramax
Sookeh, is that you? Anna Paquin may be known nowadays for rolling around in beds and graveyards with supernatural hotties, but she first rose to fame when she became the second youngest winner in Oscar history when she took home the trophy for Best Supporting Actress in the 1994 film The Piano. {PHOTO CREDIT: Miramax}
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Cloris Leachman
Cloris Leachman
Columbia Pictures
Cloris Leachman now plays the batty old Grandma on Raising Hope, which is a far cry from the work that gave her the Golden Statue. Leachman won Best Supporting Actress for playing a depressed, middle-aged wife who has an affair in the 1971 drama The Last Picture Show. {PHOTO CREDIT: Columbia Pictures}
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Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
Columbia Pictures
Ryan Murphy's actress du jour Jessica Lange is wonderful in American Horror Story (and just about anything else), so it's not too surprising that she owns TWO statues. One is for Best Actress, awarded for her powerful performance as a manic-depressive in the 1994 film Blue Sky, but her more controversial win was for her role as a soap opera star in the 1982 comedy Tootise. {PHOTO CREDIT: Columbia Pictures}
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Jim Rash
Jim Rash
Fox Searchlight
As it turns out, becoming the Dean of Greendale, CO's second best community college isn't Jim Rash's biggest accomplishment. The Community actor helped "steal" the 2012 Oscar telecast when he mocked Angelina Jolie for a showy leg-exposing move she had pulled earlier in the night while accepting the Best Adapted Screenplay award for co-writing The Descendants.
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Linda Hunt
Linda Hunt
MGM
Linda Hunt currently stars on CBS' hit procedural NCIS: Los Angeles, but long before her LA crime-fighting years, the pint-sized actress won Best Supporting Actress for playing a male dwarf in The Year of Living Dangerously. {PHOTO CREDIT: MGM}
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Nat Faxon
Nat Faxon
Fox Searchlight
Nat Faxon's adorable Fox comedy Ben and Kate may be facing the infinite abyss, but Faxon will always have his Best Adapted Screenplay trophy for The Descendants, along with Community star Jim Rash. {PHOTO CREDIT: CREDIT: Paramount Pictures}
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Walton Goggins
Walton Goggins
Ginny Mule Pictures
Walton Goggins has been experiencing a surge in popularity lately — he steals scenes every week as Boyd Crowder on Justified, and recently appeared in both Lincoln> and Django Unchained. But most people don't know that long before his days in Harlan County, Goggins won the Golden trophy in 2001, for co-producing the Best Live Action Short Film winner The Accountant. Take that, Raylan. {PHOTO CREDIT: Ginny Mule Pictures}
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Melissa Leo
Melissa Leo
Paramount Pictures
Treme star Melissa Leo's win is memorable not only for her performance — the actress was indeed very good in The Figher — but for the controversy surrounded a "For Your Consideration" campaign the actress launched herself, to much ridicule. Leo won a certainly had the last laugh, but it's unfortunate that her Best Supporting Actress trophy is peppered with the memory of Leo posing in sparkle glitter fur by a pool. {PHOTO CREDIT: Paramount Pictures}
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Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
Paramount Pictures
The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg doesn't just have a Best Supporting Actress trophy for Ghost — she also has a Grammy, an Emmy, and a Tony on her mantle. That's right, folks: we've got an EGOT on our hands. {PHOTO CREDIT: Paramount Pictures}

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