13 Throwback Oscars Photos You Have to See to Believe

13 Throwback Oscars Photos You Have to See to Believe

February 24, 2019

High school prom or Oscars night? Rob Lowe (who performed at the Oscars) joined one-time couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr. at their dinner table at the Governors Ball in 1989.

Shirley MacLaine, Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman watched the teleprompter backstage before joining other past Best Actress winners Marion Cotillard and Sophia Loren to present the Best Actress Oscar in 2009.

What makes this photo jaw-dropping? Everything. Drew Barrymore and ex-boyfriend Corey Feldman shared a moment in 1989 with the late Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, at the Governors Ball.

Yes, that’s a wide-eyed Angelina Jolie, probably up past curfew. Jon Voight escorted his two children, daughter Jolie and son James Haven, to the 1988 awards show.

Liza Minnelli knelt down to chat with her close friend Michael Jackson at the Governors Ball following the 1984 show, where Minnelli presented the Best Actress award.

Hollywood’s one-time “It” couple and Heathers costars Christian Slater and Winona Ryder were the cool kids attending the 1989 Governors Ball.

Now that’s a-peeling: Russell Brand and his Arthur costar Helen Mirren took a fruit break backstage at the 2011 Academy Awards, where they presented the Best Foreign Language Film award.

Oh, yes, they dated! Cher and Val Kilmer’s 14-year age difference may not have caused as much of a stir as his-and-her gravity-defying hair or the fact that Cher was wearing braces (!) at the 1984 Oscars, where the Silkwood star was up for Best Supporting Actress.

Tom Cruise congratulated his Lions for Lambs costar Meryl Streep, who took home the Best Actress in 2012 for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.

At his first and only Oscars, Best Supporting Actor nominee (for Running on Empty) River Phoenix, who died four years later, attends the show in 1989 with girlfriend Martha Plimpton.

Presenters Glenn Close and Gregory Hines, who later reunited in the film Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her, hit the dance floor together in 1997 at the Governors Ball.

An 8-year-old Drew Barrymore wore a mini-me fur shawl while joining her mother Jaid at the 1983 Academy Awards, where E.T. was nominated.

In 1992, Juliette Lewis, who was up for Best Supporting Actress (for Cape Fear), and then-boyfriend Brad Pitt made quite the fashion statement together on the red carpet.

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