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Oscar Nominations 2012: Viola Davis Before She Was Famous (PHOTO)

01/24/2012 01:50 pm ET

Nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning and "The Help" star Viola Davis is certainly celebrating her "Best Actress" nomination.

But before she hit Broadway or the big screen, Davis was just a regular high school student hoping to one day make it in Hollywood. Luckily, Snakkle.com uncovered one her yearbook photos.

Davis joins Glenn Close ("Albert Nobbs"), Rooney Mara ("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"), Meryl Streep ("The Iron Lady") and Michelle Williams ("My Week With Marilyn") in the leading lady category for this year's Oscars. As thrilled as she is, Davis is also passing along congratulations to everyone who worked on "The Help."

"It's a collaborative art -- you can't create it in a room by yourself," she told Entertainment Weekly after the nominations were announced. "It takes other actors, a director. It's literally a boatload of artists [creating] a singular affect. That's what we did. It was truly an ensemble."

For more photos of the 2012 Oscar nominees before they were stars -- including some great shots of a pre-Hollywood George Clooney -- head over to Snakkle.com.

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