The 2019 Oscars are tipped to be a spectacular affair, with the Academy currently dusting off the red carpet of the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles in preparation for the star-studded event.

Taking place on Sunday 24 February, several acting nominees will be attending the ceremony for the first time, while other film veterans will be well-accustomed to walking the red carpet surrounded by golden Oscar statues, paparazzi and fellow A-listers.

This year marks Glenn Close's seventh Oscar nomination, having received her first in 1983 for her performance in The World According to Garp.

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While Lady Gaga is also in the running for Best Actress, with her first nomination for her powerhouse performance in A Star Is Born, the singer attended the ceremony for the first time five years ago.

From Rachel Weisz in 2006 to Mahershala Ali in 2017, take a look back at these throwback pictures of this year's Oscar nominees at their first Academy Awards:

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