Regardless of who went home with a 2020 Oscar trophy at this year’s ceremony, everyone was a winner for simply being “in the room where it happened.” The talent pool of this year’s Oscar nominees was immense. But, in a season that lauded performances and films from this year only, it’s fun to go back and appreciate the journeys it took to get there.

While most of the Oscar nominees’ careers do not hinge on a single role, there will always be those performances that stand out from the rest. Below you’ll find a spotlight on what could be considered the best work of one nominee from every major Oscars 2020 category.