The 69th Annual Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles on March 24, 1997, nearly 20 years ago. The top winners that year? "The English Patient," "Fargo" and "Evita." Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the red carpet, starting with Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise! The then-married couple attended the 1997 Academy Awards together — Tom was up for best actor for his work in "Jerry Maguire" while Nicole presented the Oscar for Best Film Editing. Keep reading to see more stars at the 1997 Oscars!
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Newly married Jennifer Lopez attended the 1997 Academy Awards with her husband of a month, Ojani Noa. She was on hand to introduce Celine Dion's performance of "Because You Loved Me," a Best Original Song nominee.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith arrived at the 1997 Academy Awards together, just 11 months before they tied the knot. Will served as presenter that evening, joining his "Men In Black" co-star Tommy Lee Jones to hand out the Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature awards.
Back at the 1997 Oscars, Salma Hayek arrived with Mexican singing superstar Luis Miguel. The actress introduced Kenny Loggins' performance of "For the First Time" from "One Fine Day," which was nominated for Best Original Song.
Celine Dion pulled double duty at the 1997 Oscars — performing both her nominated song from "Up Close and Personal," "Because You Loved Me," and also performing Natalie Cole's nominated tune "I Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces" after Natalie fell ill.
Serving as a presenter that evening, Claire Danes introduced the musical performance of "That Thing You Do," which was nominated for Best Original Song.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell attended the 1997 Oscars together. Goldie presented the Best Original Song award alongside her "The First Wives Club" co-stars Diane Keaton and Bette Midler.
"Father of the Bride" co-stars Diane Keaton and Steve Martin posed together at the 1997 Academy Awards. That year, Diane was up for best actress for her work in "Marvin's Room." She also presented Best Original Song with her "The First Wives Club" co-stars Goldie Hawn and Bette Midler. Steve also had a role in the ceremony, introducing the "Jerry Maguire" Best Picture segment.
A year and a half before they wed, James Brolin and Barbra Streisand attended the 1997 Academy Awards together. Her song "I Finally Found Someone" from "The Mirror Has Two Faces" was up for Best Original Song but lost to Madonna's "You Must Love Me" from "Evita."
A few weeks before the 1997 Oscar ceremony, Helen Hunt hosted the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement. During the Oscars telecast, she was on hand to introduce the segment recapping those tech awards.
Jim Carrey attended the Oscars with then-girlfriend Lauren Holly. The actor served as a presenter, handing out the award for Best Visual Effects during the ceremony.
Courtney Love presented at the 1997 Academy Awards. The rocker handed out the Oscar for Best Makeup.
Then-married couple Patricia Arquette and Nicolas Cage attended the 1997 Academy Awards together. Nic handed out the statuette for best actress, which went to Frances McDormand for her work in "Fargo."
Kristin Scott Thomas and Juliette Binoche posed together at the 1997 Academy Awards. The stars of "The English Patient" were nominated for big awards that year — Kristin had a nod for best actress while Juliette took home the best supporting actress Oscar.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy attended the 1997 Academy Awards six months before their wedding. Bill was up for best supporting actor but lost out to Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr. had a big night at the 1997 Oscars: He won the best supporting actor prize for his performance in "Jerry Maguire." He attended the ceremony with his then-wife Sara Kapfer.
We're not quite sure why Jenny McCarthy was in attendance at the 1997 Academy Awards. Later that same year, she starred on the NBC show "Jenny."
Joan Allen was nominated for best supporting actress for her work in "The Crucible" at the 1997 Oscars.
Andie MacDowell and then-husband Paul Qualley walked the red carpet at the 1997 Oscars together. Andie was on hand to introduce the segment on Best Picture nominee "Secrets and Lies."
William H. Macy and Edward Norton posed together at the 1997 Academy Awards. Both were up for best supporting actor — Bill for "Fargo" and Ed for "Primal Fear."
Holly Hunter was on hand to introduce the segment on Best Picture nominee "Fargo."