17 Photos From the 2004 Oscars That Prove a Lot Can Change in a Decade

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 29: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER AND US TABS OUT) Actor Sean Penn and actress Charlize Theron pose with their Oscars after winning Best Male and Female Actors/actress during the 76th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on February 29, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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Hollywood looked a little different 10 years ago — and the photos from the Academy Awards are one way to put that time in Hollywood history in a nice little visual time capsule. In case you forgot (and it's been 10 years — who can remember?) the major winners of the night were The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Sean Penn, Charlize Theron, and, of course, anyone who got to witness the beauty of Theron's ahhhmazing Oscar dress. So what else went down at the Oscars? Click on through to see the 17 best photos from the night. 

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Angelina Jolie, who presented for Best Art Direction, played up her mysterious persona on the red carpet. 

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Jennifer Garner, who hosted the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement earlier that year, wore a sunset-inspired gown to the event. 

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Jude Law and Sienna Miller were a thing. Also, Miller was a brunette. (Crazy, right?!)

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Presenter Nicole Kidman blows a kiss to the camera. 

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Renee Zellweger scored an Oscar for her role as Ruby in Cold Mountain. 

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Best Actress winner Charlize Theron leans into Best Actor winner Sean Penn. They would go on to date almost 10 years later. 

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No one knew WTF Uma Thurman was wearing. 

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Michael Douglas and wife Catherine Zeta-Jones showed one another of on the red carpet. 

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Julia Roberts looked every bit a movie star with big blond hair and a gorgeous champagne dress. 

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Diane Keaton showed off her unique style by forgoing the Oscar dress in favor of this cool combo. 

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Liv Tyler proved she was a never-aging wizard. (Seriously, just try to identify an old photo of Tyler.) 

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Oprah Winfrey wore this cool grey dress. She presented for Mystic River in the Best Picture segment. 

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The now late Heath Ledger cozied up to pal Naomi Watts.

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Sofia Coppola won Best Original Screenplay for Lost In Translation, despite having frustrated audiences everywhere with that insanely vague ending. 

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Julie Andrews continued to be the fabulous Julie Andrews. 

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Johnny Depp rocked a “Skeet Ulrich in Scream“ look. 

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Sandra Bullock had this AMAZING blond hair. Love. Love it so much.