Here’s What The Oscars Red Carpet Looked Like 20 Years Ago
The year: 1997. The stars: out in full force. The Academy Awards Ceremony: number 69. It was a beautiful year. I love it. You'll love it. Scroll through and enjoy.
Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
Matching mint-green accents. Midriff jewelry. Perfect. Couple.
Sandy can absolutely turn it out, while also taking on the column dress trend that came to dominate the 69th Academy Awards.
Nicole Kidman & Tom Cruise
I remember seeing this Nicole Kidman gown as a seven-year-old and falling so instantly, vividly in love with this shade of chartreuse. My love of fashion lasted; my love of this particular shade of green, not so much. Was anyone ever so young?
Gonna go out on a limb here and say this might be the all-time best Courtney Love look. That bob!!!
Remember Ashley Judd? This dress is ... fine.
The facial hair? Questionable. The tuxedo? Working for me.
This multicolored embellished column dress combines many trends of the day, and Fran looks absolutely incredible.
Frances McDormand won a Best Actress Oscar for Fargo, and she looked like a badass doing it.
Just Dennis Rodman, nbd.
Diane Keaton & Steve Martin
I'm personally in love with Diane Keaton's full-on whiteout (high-heeled boots included!) and Steve Martin's sharp silhouette.
Quincy Jones & Oprah
Why are our red carpets so terrible compared to 20 years ago? What awards show deity have we crossed?
Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy
All right, I've calmed down. This look is '90s perfection.
Bring back the 'wards-show goth!!
Barbra Streisand & James Brolin
DAMN, Barbra looks truly smashing here.
And here is Bette Midler showing some body (a sentence I truly never thought I would compose, but I'm not mad about it).
Meanwhile, Charlize was going through a Shirley Temple curl phase.
Has Winona Ryer aged a single damn day?
We left this bias-cut silk number on the other side of Y2K.
J.Lo has been killing red carpets since before most of y'all were even born.
Here is Celine Dion, in sparkles, per usual.
Billy Bob Thornton
This Billy Bob Thornton look might be my favorite outfit of the whole night.
NEVERMIND, IT WAS THIS. Thank you and goodnight.