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The 71 Most '90s-tastic Moments From the MTV Movie Awards

Apr 11 2014 - 7:44pm

Remember when Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky won best kiss for My Girl or when stars like Matthew McConaughey [1], Cameron Diaz [2], and Katie Holmes [3] were considered newbies? Since kicking off in 1992, the MTV Movie Awards have been known to embrace that weird, wild MTV spirit, so to celebrate this Sunday's festivities, we're taking a look back at some of the show's most memorable, '90s-tastic moments from the decade of Clueless and Dawson's Creek. There was the year TLC and Boyz II Men took the stage, the time Courteney Cox [4] hosted with Jon Lovitz, and the time Sandra Bullock [5] celebrated a win for her role in Speed. Based on this year's MTV Movie Award nominations [6], it looks like we'll be in for plenty of must-see moments on Sunday. In the meantime, take a trip down memory lane with these very '90s moments from the show's first decade.

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Luke Perry smoldered.

The Beverly Hills, 90210 heartthrob hit the MTV Movie Awards red carpet in its first year, 1992.

Anna Chlumsky rocked a denim jacket.

Then-11-year-old My Girl star Anna Chlumsky accepted the award for best kiss with Macaulay Culkin.

Keanu Reeves won most desirable male.

In 1992, Point Break's Keanu Reeves [8] said, "What a wacky, wacky award," taking home most desirable male.

Luke Perry and Arnold Schwarzenegger were part of a Demi Moore sandwich.

A prepolitics Arnold Schwarzenegger [9] and Beverly Hills, 90210's Luke Perry held on tight to Demi Moore [10] in 1992, the same year she starred in A Few Good Men.

Carrie Bradshaw — er, SJP — sported a white jumpsuit.

A Hocus Pocus-era Sarah Jessica Parker [11] made a white-hot appearance in 1993.

Chris Rock hung out with Pauly Shore, who wore overalls.

Encino Man and Son in Law star Pauly Shore donned a pair of overalls for the 1993 MTV Movie Awards, where he linked up with Chris Rock [12].

Chris Farley and David Spade brought the laughs.

In 1993, SNL duo Chris Farley and David Spade hung out during the show.

Halle Berry wore a fringe top.

Halle Berry [13] linked up with Danny Glover in 1993, the same year she was nominated for most desirable female for her role in Boomerang.

Marisa Tomei showed off a floral headband.

In 1993, Marisa Tomei won breakthrough performance for My Cousin Vinny, and she and Christian Slater also won best kiss for Untamed Heart.

Robert Downey Jr. looked like this.

It was 1993, and Robert Downey Jr [14]. was all smiles.

Lethal Weapon was a thing.

Danny Glover and Mel Gibson [15] took home the award for best onscreen duo thanks to Lethal Weapon 3.

Sharon Stone wore sunglasses at night.

In 1993, Sharon Stone [16] won most desirable female for her iconic turn in Basic Instinct.

Janet Jackson shared the stage with Seinfeld's Michael Richards.

Wearing a striped crop top, Janet Jackson [17] took the stage to accept the award for best female performance for Poetic Justice in 1994, and she also won most desirable female. Meanwhile, her brother Michael Jackson [18] won best song from a movie with "Will You Be There."

Alicia Silverstone was a newbie.

In 1994, The Crush's Alicia Silverstone took home the awards for best breakthrough performance and best villain.

Tom Hanks got chummy with Will Smith.

Tom Hanks [19] took home best male performance in 1994 for Philadelphia, and he took some time to joke around with the night's host — The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Will Smith [20].

Alyssa Milano wore barrettes in her hair.

Sporting a pair of barrettes and a crossbody bag, Alyssa Milano [21] stepped out for the 1994 MTV Movie Awards.

Adam Sandler and Chris Farley hung with the SNL crowd.

Saturday Night Live's Chris Farley and Adam Sandler [22] linked up with comedians Chris Rock [23] and David Spade at the 1994 award show.

Elle Macpherson forgot her pants.

Model Elle Macpherson hit the red carpet in 1994, the year after she appeared in Sirens opposite Hugh Grant [24].

Dave Grohl was part of Nirvana.

Dave Grohl — in a Mickey Mouse t-shirt — attended the 1994 MTV Movie Awards.

Toni Braxton performed.

A midriff-baring Toni Braxton took the stage to perform "You Mean the World to Me" at the 1994 award show.

Cameron Diaz was recognized for her first-ever film.

In 1995, a young Cameron Diaz [25] was nominated for most desirable female at the MTV Movie Awards for her role in The Mask, which also earned her nominations for best breakthrough performance and best dance sequence.

Sandra Bullock had the need for Speed.

Speed actress Sandra Bullock [26] won the awards for best female performance, most desirable female, and best onscreen duo with her costar Keanu Reeves [27].

Jared Leto had short hair.

My So-Called Life's Jared Leto [28] attended the 1995 MTV Movie Awards, posing for a picture with Kennedy and Dweezil Zappa.

Kirsten Dunst donned some sky-blue tights.

Interview With the Vampire's Kirsten Dunst [29] stepped out for the 1995 MTV Movie Awards, where she won best breakthrough performance, and her costar Brad Pitt [30] won for both best male performance and most desirable male.

Julianne Moore sported some giant hoop earrings.

A leather-clad Julianne Moore hit the MTV Movie Awards red carpet in 1995, the same year she starred in Safe, Nine Months, Roommates, and Assassins.

Courteney Cox hosted with Jon Lovitz.

In 1995, the year after Courteney Cox [31] starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, she linked up with Jon Lovitz to host the MTV Movie Awards.

Cindy Crawford snapped pictures with Billy Baldwin.

Billy Baldwin linked up with Cindy Crawford [32] at the MTV Movie Awards in 1995, the year she stopped hosting MTV's House of Style and starred in Fair Game.

TLC performed "Waterfalls."

In 1995, the ladies of TLC were among a group of performers including Blues Traveler and The Ramones.

Boyz II Men performed "Water Runs Dry."

Also on the list of 1995 performers? Boyz II Men, whose album II dropped in 1994.

Jenny McCarthy was all singled out.

Singled Out cohost Jenny McCarthy [33] got animated during the 1995 MTV Movie Awards.

Tori Spelling sported a cherry-print dress.

Beverly Hills, 90210 star Tori Spelling [34] stepped out for the MTV Movie Awards in 1995.

"Natalie Portman" and "newcomer" came together.

In 1996, Natalie Portman [35] was a fresh face at the MTV Movie Awards.

Kevin Spacey paired tinted glasses with a baseball hat.

Se7en star Kevin Spacey [36] won best villain and posed for pictures with Faye Dunaway at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.

Teenage Claire Danes slipped into some wedge sandals.

On the heels of Romeo + Juliet, Claire Danes [37] made an appearance at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.

Salma Hayek channeled a genie.

Salma Hayek [38] wore a high, high ponytail to the 1996 MTV Movie Awards, where her From Dusk Till Dawn costar George Clooney [39] won best breakthrough performance.

Everything about Alicia Silverstone's '96 look.

It was the year of Clueless at the 1996 show, where Alicia Silverstone picked up the awards for best female performance and most desirable female.

The Fugees took the stage.

Lauryn Hill performed when The Fugees took the stage to sing "Killing Me Softly" at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.

Jamie Lee Curtis went see-through.

In 1996, Jamie Lee Curtis slipped into a revealing dress for the MTV Movie Awards.

A 20-something Matthew McConaughey gave a big thumbs-up.

During the 1997 MTV Movie Awards, a young Matthew McConaughey [40] won best breakthrough performance for his role in A Time to Kill.

He also mingled with Renée Zellweger.

Jerry Maguire star Renée Zellweger [41] shared a laugh with Matthew McConaughey [42].

Mark Wahlberg was busy boogying.

In 1997, Mark Wahlberg [43] starred in Boogie Nights, and that same year, he was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for best villain for his role in Fear.

Ewan McGregor had long hair.

In 1997, Ewan McGregor [44] was nominated for best breakthrough performance for his role in Trainspotting, and he linked up with Cameron Diaz [45] during the show.

Bush hit the stage to perform "Cold Contagious."

Gavin Rossdale [46] and Bush took the stage during the 1997 MTV Movie Awards.

Gwen Stefani had platform sandals.

No Doubt's Gwen Stefani [47] made an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards in 1997, when her then-boyfriend, Gavin Rossdale [48], performed with Bush.

The Hanson brothers rocked matching long locks.

On the heels of their "MMMBop" success, Hanson [49] stopped by the 1997 MTV Movie Awards.

Matthew Lillard made an appearance.

Scream star Matthew Lillard had a Miley moment in 1997.

People used real cameras.

While Salma Hayek [50] was getting kissy at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards, fans in the background were snapping pictures with actual cameras.

Claire Danes hung out with Jewel.

In 1997, Jewel performed "Foolish Games," and Claire Danes [51] won best female performance for Romeo + Juliet.

Alicia Silverstone twisted her hair back.

After sweeping the award show with her Clueless role the year before, Alicia Silverstone stepped out for the 1998 MTV Movie Awards with a very '90s 'do.

Ashley Judd wore a slip.

In 1997, Kiss the Girls star Ashley Judd [52] sported a lacy number for the MTV Movie Awards.

Jennifer Lopez was Selena.

Selena's J Lo made a very sparkly appearance at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards.

People referred to Diddy as "Puff Daddy."

Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs went all white for the 1998 show.

Carson Daly and Jennifer Love Hewitt were a thing.

TRL host Carson Daly linked up with his girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Love Hewitt [53], at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards. Jennifer was on Party of Five, and that same year, she starred in both Can't Hardly Wait and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.

Courteney Cox bonded with Neve Campbell.

Nineties sitcom stars Courteney Cox [54] (Friends) and Neve Campbell (Party of Five) stayed warm at the 1998 award show in coordinating khaki jackets. That night, Neve won best female performance for her role in Scream 2.

Cameron Diaz was Mary.

There's Something About Mary's Cameron Diaz [55] attended the MTV Movie Awards in 1998, where her My Best Friend's Wedding costar Julia Roberts [56] was nominated for best female performance.

Christina Ricci felt blue.

Christina Ricci [57] stepped out for the award show in 1998, and that year, she had not one, not two, but seven screen credits, including The Opposite of Sex and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Vince Vaughn sat with Big Daddy's Joey Lauren Adams.

In 1998, a year before she starred in Big Daddy, actress Joey Lauren Adams sat beside her A Cool, Dry Place costar Vince Vaughn [58] at the MTV Movie Awards.

Heather Graham had a breakthrough.

Heather Graham [59] took home the award for best breakthrough performance at the 1998 MTV Movie Awards for her role in Boogie Nights.

Kate Hudson posed with Rose McGowan.

Kate Hudson [60] starred in 200 Cigarettes alongside Ben Affleck [61], Casey Affleck [62], and Christina Ricci [63] in 1999. That same year, she attended the MTV Movie Awards and linked up with Jawbreaker's Rose McGowan.

Kate Hudson also posed with Amy Smart.

At the 1999 MTV Movie Awards, Kate Hudson [64] hung out with Felicity star Amy Smart, too.

Jay Z stepped out solo.

Pre-Bey, Jay Z attended the 1999 MTV Movie Awards, where his song "Can I Get A . . . " was nominated for best song from a movie — Rush Hour.

Keri Russell had curly hair.

Felicity star Keri Russell [65] attended the 1999 MTV Movie Awards back when she still rocked curls.

Ricky Martin lived la vida loca.

In 1999, the year "Livin' la Vida Loca" came out, Ricky Martin had plenty to smile about at the MTV Movie Awards.

Rachael Leigh Cook was all that.

In 1999, Rachael Leigh Cook was nominated for best female breakthrough performance thanks to She's All That plus best onscreen duo with her costar Freddie Prinze Jr [66].

Josh Hartnett had a bowl cut.

Halloween [67] H20: 20 Years Later star Josh Hartnett [68] was nominated for best male breakthrough performance in 1999.

The Dawson's Creek stars had "breakthrough" roles.

Katie Holmes [69] won best female breakthrough performance for her role in Disturbing Behavior, while her Dawson's Creek costar James Van Der Beek [70] won best male breakthrough performance for Varsity Blues.

Jennifer Lopez made out with George Clooney.

In 1999, Jennifer Lopez [71] and George Clooney [72] were nominated for best kiss in Out of Sight. She was also nominated for best female performance that year, and she linked up with a tinted-glasses-wearing Jada Pinkett Smith [73] on the red carpet.

Taye Diggs gave Stella her groove back.

Following the success of 1998's How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Taye Diggs [74] attended the MTV Movie Awards with his then-girlfriend, Idina Menzel.

Heather Graham channeled Felicity Shagwell.

In 1999, the year Heather Graham [75] starred in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, the actress stepped out for the MTV Movie Awards.

Salma Hayek was part of the wild, wild west.

Salma Hayek [76] starred in Wild Wild West in 1999, and that year, her costar Will Smith [77] performed the movie's hit song at the MTV Movie Awards.

And Ben Affleck licked Kevin Smith's face.

At the 1999 MTV Movie Awards, Ben Affleck [78] was nominated for best male performance for Armageddon, and Aerosmith won best song from a movie with the film's hit single, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing."


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