The year 1996 has the nerve to be two decades ago now — we don’t like it, but there’s no fighting it. Still, it doesn’t feel like that long ago. That is, until you realize that in 1996, Brad and Gwyneth were still a thing, Kate Winslet was the newest ingénue on the block, and Mel Gibson was still a respected actor and director, not yet a rum-soaked has-been given to anti-Semitic tirades.
As we await the glamour and pageantry of this Sunday’s Academy Awards, let’s take a peek at what said pageantry looked like just 20 years ago. Here’s to a simpler time, when Gap turtlenecks passed credibly as eveningwear (looking at you, Sharon Stone), and Susan Sarandon made us all realize irons were overrated.