Oscars: Looking back 20 years at the 1999 Academy Awards

The Oscars looked very different 20 years ago.

Harvey Weinstein was still the most powerful man in Hollywood, with Miramax's "Shakespeare in Love" reigning supreme at the 1999 Academy Awards, winning seven Oscars. The film won Best Picture and two acting awards: Best Actress for Gwyneth Paltrow and Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench.

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Paltrow was the belle of the ball that year. Clad in her now-iconic pink Ralph Lauren gown, Paltrow delivered an acceptance speech for the ages through tears as Hollywood's elite watched on.

Check out the gallery below for a look back at the 1999 Oscars:

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Oscars through the decades: 1999
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Oscars through the decades: 1999
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: French Canadian singer and businesswoman Celine Dion poses for a portrait during The 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Gwyneth Paltrow arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actors Billy Bob Thorton and Laura Dern at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
Actor Matt Damon attends the 71st Annual Academy Awards Pre-Party Hosted by Miramax Films on March 20, 1999 at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Jennifer Lopez during 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Comedian Ellen DeGeneres (R) and Actor Anne Heche at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
Drew Barrymore and Ed Norton during 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ke.Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Tom Hanks and singer Rita Wilson at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Actor Alec Baldwin and wife, actress Kim Basinger arrive before the 71st Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Musician Steve Tyler and Cyrinda Foxe at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Meryl Streep at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)e
Actress Annette Bening and actor Warren Beatty attend the 71st Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1999 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Catherine Zeta-Jones at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actors Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Helen Hunt at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Actor Drew Barrymore at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21,1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA- MARCH 21: Singer Mariah Carey at the 71st Annual Academy Awards, March 21, 1999 In Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend The 71st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Jennifer Lopez arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Jane Seymour attends 56th Annual Academy Awards on January 24, 1999 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(Original Caption) Val Kilmer arrives with his girlfriend. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Brendan Fraser arrives with his wife. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Actress Lisa Kudrow arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Christina Ricci arrives. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Steven Spielberg with his wife Kate Capshaw. (Photo by Siemoneit/Sygma via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 21: Singer Mariah Carey arrives before The 71st Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1999 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Davis/Getty Images)
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Steven Spielberg won big, too: He nabbed Best Director for "Saving Private Ryan," while Roberto Benigni memorably climbed over seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to accept the Best Foreign Film award for "Life is Beautiful."

Also there were Jennifer Lopez, who was still a rising star at the time, Ellen DeGeneres with then-girlfriend Anne Heche, Tom Hanks with wife Rita Wilson and a young Matt Damon.

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Paltrow's aforementioned blush-colored dress that she wore while winning her first and only Academy Award ranks among the most iconic looks at the Oscars ever. 

Check out more of the best Oscars looks in history below:

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Prettiest Oscars dresses of all time
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Gina Rodriguez arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Cate Blanchett in Armani (2016) 
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (2016) 
Amy Adams in Oscar de La Renta (2013)
Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy (1954)
Lupita Nyong'o in Prada (2014)
Anne Hathaway in Giorgio Armani (2009)
Angelina Jolie in Versace (2012) 
Nicole Kidman in Armani (2017)
Reese Witherspoon in Tom Ford (2015) 
Octavia Spencer in Tadashi Shoji (2012)
Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior (2009)
Naomi Watts in Armani (2016)
Reese Witherspoon in Dior (2006)
Grace Kelly in Edith Head (1955) 
Julia Roberts in Valentino (2001)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Viola Davis arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Octavia Spencer in Marchesa (2017)
Gwyneth Paltrow in Ralph Lauren (1999)
Salma Hayek in Prada (2005)
Viola Davis in Armani (2017)
Cate Blanchett in Armani (2014) 
Charlize Theron in Dior (2013)
Kate Winslet in Ben de Lisi (2002)
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen (2014)
Jennifer Aniston in Valentino (2009)
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy (2011)
Julianne Moore in Chanel (2015)
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive (2013)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Reese Witherspoon attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Sandra Bullock in Vera Wang (2011)
Meryl Streep in Lanvin (2013)
Brie Larson in Gucci (2016)
Sandra Bullock in Marchesa (2010)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Danai Gurira attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Penelope Cruz in Versace (2007)
Amy Adams in Gucci (2014)
Emma Stone in Elie Saab (2015)
Halle Berry in Versace (2017)
Julianne Moore in Chanel (2016) 
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab (2011)
Freida Pinto in John Galliano (2009)
Helen Mirren in Christian Lacroix (2007)
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior (2013)
Hilary Swank in Versace (2008)
Hilary Swank in Gucci (2011)
Halle Berry in Marchesa (2011)
Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen (2017)
Actress Penelope Cruz in vintage Balmain (2009)
Kate Hudson in Versace (2014)
Jennifer Garner in Oscar de la Renta (2008)
Beyonce in Giorgio Armani Prive (2007)
Michelle Williams in Louis Vitton (2012)
Natalie Portman in Rodarte (2009)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Actor Jennifer Lawrence attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 04: Gal Gadot arrives at the 90th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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