17 Greatest Hollywood Unknowns to Win Oscar Gold – From Anna Paquin to Hilary Swank (Photos)
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ANNA PAQUIN ("The Piano," 1993): The "True Blood" star was 11 and unknown in Hollywood when she won her supporting actress trophy and memorably blinked at the crowd, overcome by emotion. Holly Hunter, who played her mute mother in the period movie set in New Zealand, won the Best Actress Oscar that year.