Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's Oscars acceptance speech 19 years later

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Who remembers when Ben Affleck and Matt Damon stole everyone's hearts by winning their maiden Oscars in 1997?!

The best friend duo had their defining moment 19 years ago when they accepted the Academy Award for Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting," a win that catapulted the pair's already burgeoning popularity into full-on superstardom.

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Before "Hunting," Affleck and Damon had appeared in a few other projects together, but this was their first (and most serious) role to gain much traction with audiences and critics.

The pair's excitement was clear when they accepted their first Oscars in front of the biggest names in Hollywood, with Affleck doing most of the talking during their speech.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Oscar winners Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck hold the awards they won for best original screenplay for the film 'Good Will Hunting' which the two wrote during the 70th Annual Academy Awards 23 March in Los Angeles. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Actor-writers Ben Affleck (2nd left) and Matt Damon (3rd left) arrive with their mothers Chris (L) and Nancy at the 70th Annual Academy Awards 23 March in Los Angeles, CA. Affleck and Damon are nominted for best original screenplay for 'Good Will Hunting.' Damon is also nominated for best actor for the same film. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Matt Damon, Robin Williams and Ben Affleck (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Chris Affleck, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and mother Nancy Carlson-Paige (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 23: Actor Matt Damon and actor Ben Affleck attend the 70th Annual Academy Awards on March 23, 1998 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Ben Affleck and mother Chris Boldt and actor Matt Damon and mother Nancy Carlsson-Paige attend the 70th Annual Academy Awards on March 23, 1998 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Matt Damon and actor Ben Affleck attend the 70th Annual Academy Awards on March 23, 1998 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon hold up their Oscars after winning in the Original Screenplay Category during the 70th Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium 23 March. The two won for their Original Screenplay 'Good Will Hunting.' (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 23: Actor Matt Damon and actor Ben Affleck attend the 70th Annual Academy Awards on March 23, 1998 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Chris Affleck, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and mother Nancy Carlson-Paige (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Chris Affleck, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and mother Nancy Carlson-Paige (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
Matt Damon, Robin Williams and Ben Affleck during The 70th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Actor Matt Damon (R) and actor Ben Affleck with his mother Chris Affleck arrive at the 70th annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles March 23. Damon is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in "Good Will Hunting." Damon and Affleck are also nominated in the Best Screenplay Writing category for "Good Will Hunting. OSCARS
Oscar winner Ben Affleck holds his Academy Award for photographers at the Vanity Fair Oscar party March 23 following the 70th annual Academy Awards ceremony. Affleck won the best original screenplay Oscar along with actor [Matt Damon] for the film "Good Will Hunting."
Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon celebrate with their Oscars after winning best screenplay written directly for the screen for their movie "Good Will Hunting", March 23 at the 70th Annual Academy Awards. The movie also won for best actor in a supporting role when Robin Williams won. OSCARS
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"I just said to Matt, 'Losing would suck, and winning would be really scary,'" Affleck joked to start off their speech. "And it's really, really scary!"

"We're just two young guys who were fortunate enough to be involved with a lot of really great people," he continued as Damon fist pumped to his Mom behind him. "There's no way we're doing this in less than 20 seconds..."

Affleck continued to rattle off a bunch of names as Damon fed him reminders of who to thank. They also gave shout-outs to their mothers (who were their beautiful dates for the evening), their co-stars and, hilariously, Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Watch the whole speech below:

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