For quite a lot of stars attending this yr’s Oscars, the awards ceremony will really feel like an actual full circle skilled second, particularly in comparison with the place they had been simply 20 years in the past.

Again in 2003, Colin Farrell attended his first Academy Awards carrying an all-black tuxedo and accompanied by his former girlfriend Kim Bordenave and sister Claudine Farrell. And on Sunday, the actor will return to the awards present after receiving the primary best-actor nomination of his profession for his efficiency in The Banshees of Inisherin. Likewise, Brendan Fraser is making his huge return to the present’s purple carpet on Sunday after final attending the ceremony in 2003 along with his then spouse, Afton Smith. This yr the actor additionally obtained his first best-actor nomination for The Whale following a hiatus from performing. Upon discovering out he’d been nominated, Fraser launched an emotional assertion saying that the second was “a present I actually didn’t see coming, but it surely’s one which has profoundly modified my life.”

And whereas Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez is probably not in attendance at this yr’s ceremony, 2003 was additionally the final time Bennifer’s authentic relationship was going robust. Affleck and Lopez walked the purple carpet that yr not too lengthy after their engagement, with the pop star carrying some of the traditional appears in Oscars trend historical past, a one-shoulder aquamarine Valentino robe paired with chandelier diamond earrings. The couple cited the extraordinary media scrutiny they had been underneath as one of many predominant causes of their breakup on the time, with Lopez later calling it “the most important heartbreak of my life.” Nevertheless it all labored out in the long run: Twenty years later, the 2 celebs are actually fortunately betrothed.

And Lopez wasn’t the one star who made a giant red-carpet impression that evening. Kate Hudson wore a romantic gold lace robe by Versace to match the evening’s statuettes, which instantly shot her to the highest of best-dressed lists. The lace on the costume was really made utilizing 14-karat gold, and Donatella Versace needed to hand-sew it onto the bottom layer beneath. Elsewhere on the purple carpet, Renée Zellweger, who was nominated for finest actress for her position in Chicago, surprised in a deep crimson Carolina Herrera column robe. And it seems Zellweger was additionally liable for the attractive black-and-white Carolina Herrera costume Salma Hayek wore that evening. In 2020, on the Nationwide Board of Assessment Awards Gala, the Frida star advised the viewers that the evening earlier than that awards present, “my huge butt exploded the seams of my Oscar costume and I had no costume for the Oscars. [Zellweger] ended up giving me certainly one of her clothes that, thank God, was broad right here [Hayek gestured around her butt] and stretchy right here [gestured around her breasts]. That’s what I wore for that evening.” She added that though they had been up towards one another within the best-actress class, “I actually want that they might have a tie in order that we might each win, however we each misplaced,” as Nicole Kidman took it for her position in The Hours.

Forward, a glance again at much more unforgettable red-carpet moments from the 2003 Oscars.

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