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From the Plastics to Oscar gold? Catching up with Rachel McAdams and the 'Mean Girls' cast

A Mean Girl nominated for an Oscar? That's so fetch.

In 2004, a still Not Ready for Prime Time Tina Fey saw her scripted "Mean Girls" introduce a quintet of promising young actresses to much of the world. The hit teen comedy pitted a fresh-faced Lindsay Lohan against the so-wickedly-vapid-they're-funny high school clique the Plastics (Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried and Lacey Chabert). Lizzy Caplan was on board as the darkly droll — and wonderfully named — Janis Ian, Lohan's cohort in taking down the girl posse.

In the decade-plus since, the quintet's career trajectories have traveled wildly different paths. But come Academy Awards night, it will be the Queen "B" herself, McAdams, walking the red carpet and possibly taking home the Golden Boy for supporting actress for her spot-on turn in "Spotlight."

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To mark the occasion, we take a look back, in a high school kind of way, at everybody's favorite "Mean Girls" — where they've been, who they've done and how they've fared in Hollywood's popularity game.

Lindsay Lohan

"Mean Girls" character

Cady Heron

Besides "Mean Girls," you know her from ...

That tabloid cover screaming at you in the checkout stand

She co-starred with ... Really?

Meryl Streep (2006's "A Prairie Home Companion"); Jane Fonda (2007's "Georgia Rule"); porno king James Deen (2013's "The Canyons")

Awards game

2006 Hollywood Film Award for breakthrough actress for "Bobby"; 2008 Razzie for worst actress for "I Know Who Killed Me"

Name directors they worked with

Nancy Meyers (1998's "The Parent Trap"); Robert Altman (2006's "A Prairie Home Companion"); Paul Schrader (2013's "The Canyons")

Famous long-term relationships — or at least those that have been reported

Wilmer Valderrama, DJ Samantha Ronson

Rachel McAdams

"Mean Girls" character

Regina George

Besides "Mean Girls," you know her from ...

An eclectic run in projects ranging from 2004's "The Notebook" to 2009's "Sherlock Holmes" to 2015's "True Detective"

She co-starred with ... Really?

Ryan Gosling (2004's "The Notebook"); Diane Keaton (2005's "The Family Stone"); Channing Tatum (2012's "The Vow"); Ben Affleck (2012's "To the Wonder")

Awards game

2009 ShoWest's female star of the year; 2016 Oscar nominee for supporting actress for "Spotlight"

Name directors they worked with

Woody Allen (2011's "Midnight in Paris"); Terrence Malick (2012's "To the Wonder"); Brian De Palma (2012's "Passion")

Famous long-term relationships — or at least those that have been reported

Fellow Canadian Ryan Gosling, Michael Sheen

Amanda Seyfried

"Mean Girls" character

Karen Smith

Besides "Mean Girls," you know her from ...

Her seasons-long portrayal of polygamist Bill Paxton's daughter in HBO's "Big Love" or as Cosette in 2012's cast-of-thousands "Les Misérables"

She co-starred with ... Really?

Meryl Streep (2008's "Mamma Mia!"); Channing Tatum (2010's "Dear John"); James Franco (2013's "Lovelace")

Awards game

Cast member of the 2013 Oscar best picture nominee "Les Misérables"

Name directors they worked with

Lasse Hallström (2010's "Dear John"); Tom Hooper (2013's "Les Misérables")

Famous long-term relationships — or at least those that have been reported

Reese Witherspoon-ex Ryan Phillippe, Justin Long

Lizzy Caplan

"Mean Girls" character

Janis Ian

Besides "Mean Girls," you know her from ...

Her finely channeled Virginia Johnson in Showtime's "Masters of Sex" or the ill-fated Amy Burley in HBO's vampires-and-werewolves mash-up "True Blood"

She co-starred with ... Really?

John Cusack (2010's "Hot Tub Time Machine"); James Franco and Seth Rogen (2014's "The Interview"); Joseph Gordon-Levitt (2015's "The Night Before")

Awards game

2014 Emmy nominee for lead actress in a drama series for Showtime's "Masters of Sex"

Name directors they worked with

Danny Boyle (2010's "127 Hours")

Famous long-term relationships — or at least those that have been reported

Matthew Perry

Lacey Chabert

"Mean Girls" character

Gretchen Wieners

Besides "Mean Girls," you know her from ...

What else — pint-sized Claudia in Fox's 1990s drama "Party of Five"

She co-starred with ... Really?

William Hurt and Gary Oldman (1998's "Lost in Space")

Awards game

Uh, she won a challenge on "Star Search" in 1991

Name directors they worked with

Mariah Carey … yes, you read that right; for the Hallmark Channel's 2015 holiday chestnut wannabe "A Christmas Melody" 

Famous long-term relationships — or at least those that have been reported

Married to noncelebrity David Nehdar 

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