Mom, Dad And A Stuffed Penguin: A Look Back At The Most Unconventional Oscar Dates Ever

While this year's Academy Awards don't officially start until 8 p.m. ET on Sunday night, all eyes will be on our favorite celebs hours beforehand as they make their big arrivals. The red carpet can be the perfect time to debut a new 'do, a new beau, proudly flaunt a baby bump or stop photographers in their tracks with a dramatic gown. But while dreamy pairings like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio and Gisele Bündchen in years past have embodied the epitome of Oscar glamor, there's something to be said (or swooned over) about stars who bring unconventional dates like dear old mom or dad.

Hometown heroes Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were Oscar newbies in 1998, representing their gripping drama "Good Will Hunting." They shared their Best Original Screenplay award not only with the city of Boston, but their proud mamas Christine and Nancy.

Ryan Gosling melted our hearts even more than usual (if that's possible) when he escorted his mother Donna and his sister Mandi in 2007, and Jamie Foxx won Father of the Year by walking the red carpet alongside daughter Corrine just hours before he took home his first golden statuette for "Ray." (He then gave her a cute shout out while accepting the award. Double aww.)

Of course, some attendees have chosen even more unexpected dates. To support his Best Documentary nominated film "March of the Penguins," French director Luc Jacquet brought a few of his best stuffed friends along for the ride. And before Brad, there was Angelina's brother James Haven, who escorted her to the 2000 ceremony, where the two shared a now infamous celebratory kiss after her win for "Girl, Interrupted."

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