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41 glorious Oscars red carpet photos from the 1990s

So 90s, so glam.

1. Tom Cruise arriving at the Academy Awards flanked by his Mam and Nicole Kidman.

Tom Cruise 1990 Source: AP/Press Association Images

2. Spike Lee looking like the coolest human being to have ever walked the Earth.

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3. Kim Basinger wearing a gúna that’s weirdly kind of reminiscent of Elvis?

BASINGER OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

4. Baby-faced Denzel Washington and the frankly fabulous Geena Davis.

WASHINGTON DAVIS Source: AP/Press Association Images

5. Madonna serenading a… ball of fur?

Marilyn Monroe-Pop Culture Source: AP/Press Association Images

6. Who’s that in the front row? Oh, just Madonna and Michael Jackson. No biggy.

Michael Jackson Source: AP/Press Association Images

7. The time Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland got matching haircuts.

OSCARS ROBERTS SUTHERLAND Source: AP/Press Association Images

8. And Joe Pesci and Brenda Fricker had the craic backstage.

<3 you, Brenda.

Brenda Fricker Source: AP/Press Association Images

9. Kathy Bates in the middle of a Tom Cruise/Dustin Hoffman sandwich.

Realisation: Tom Cruise has a very strong chin.

OSCARS CRUISE BATES HOFFMAN Source: AP/Press Association Images

10. Demi Moore at the exact moment she realised the gloves were a tad much.

“Oh boy.”

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11. Remember when Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis were an item?

On a related note: nice cornrows, Juliette.

OSCARS PITT LEWIS Source: AP/Press Association Images

12. Babs working the most 90s hairstyle of all time here.

All that’s missing is some body glitter and baby blue eyeshadow.

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13. Diane Keaton dressed like the “bad boy” member of a boy band here.

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14. “Oh hello!”

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15. Look! Baby Robert Downey Jr.

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16. Queen Susan Sarandon in the house.

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17. Emma Thompson with the best skin of any adult woman ever.

OSCARS EMMA THOMPSON Source: AP/Press Association Images

18. Jane Fonda — definitely the most likely to sneak a naggin.

TURNER AND FONDA AT OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

19. Jack Nicholson arriving with his lady friend Rebecca Broussard.

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20. Bruce Springsteen and Whitney Houston

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21. Newborn baby Leonardo DiCaprio.

Nice hair curtains, Leo.

OSCARS LEONARDO DICAPRIO Source: AP/Press Association Images

22. The time Anna Paquin won an Oscar at the age of 11 and made you feel horribly inadequate.

Anna Paquin Oscar Source: AP/Press Association Images

23. The time there was a Four Weddings and a Funeral reunion on stage.

So 90s.

1995 Academy Awards Source: AP/Press Association Images

24. Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow, AKA that ridiculously good-looking couple in school you loved to hate.

PEOPLE PALTROW PITT Source: AP/Press Association Images

25. Tyra Banks, because why the hell not?

You definitely had an exact replica of that bag in 1996. Don’t lie.

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

26. Kate Winslet! (For God’s sake, Kate, iron your dress.)

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

27. Emma Thompson accepting her Oscar in what appears to be a comfy “around the house” cardigan. God bless you, Emma Thompson.

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

28. Presenting the most 90s photo ever.

Pierce Brosnan flanked by supermodels. Why the hell not?

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

29. SHIFT, SHIFT, SHIFT

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

30. Halle Berry looking set to attend a Debs in Co. Meath here.

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

31. Muhammad Ali and Cuba Gooding Jr

The dream team!

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

32. Courtney Love *praise hands*

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

33. Sandra Bullock acting the messer backstage

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

34. Billy Bob Thornton accepting his Oscar while wearing a bloody baseball cap.

Show some respect, Billy.

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

35. Michael Flatley and the gang performing on stage.

Yes, this happened.

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

36. Juliette Binoche looking like a character from a Transylvanian novel.

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

37. Kate Winslet wearing what appears to be an adult-sized Irish dancing dress.

OSCARS Source: AP/Press Association Images

38. “Heyiz.”

COSTUME AUCTION Source: AP/Press Association Images

39. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon celebrating on stage.

The 70th Academy Awards - Show - Los Angeles Source: AP/Press Association Images

40. Cate & Gwyneth.

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41. And finally, the most 90s image of all.

Celin Dion wearing a ridiculous hat and backless suit.

What a time to be alive.

Oscars/Celine Dion Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

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