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MY SO-CALLED LIFE, 1994-95
Few people probably imagined that after Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano – uh, we mean and Jared Leto – made it big on this ’90s drama, they’d be reuniting on the 2014 awards show circuit, nominated for Homeland and Dallas Buyers Club, respectively.
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FORREST GUMP, 1994
Captain Phillips’s Tom Hanks ran away with awards and box office dominance throughout the ’90s. Though he’d already cemented his A-list status with roles in Big, A League of Their Own, Philadelphia and Sleepless in Seattle, Gump won him the Oscar and the Golden Globe – and a permanent place in moviegoers’ hearts.
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As Seinfeld’s lone leading lady, made neurotic New Yorker Elaine Benes if not lovable then endlessly hilarious. While her fellow Seinfeld stars struggle to move beyond their iconic characters in the groundbreaking ’90s series, Louis-Dreyfus has found success playing the country’s vice president on Veep.
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MY GIRL, 1991
Admit it: Watching this classic still makes you cry. But these days, an all grownup Anna Chlumsky (she’s a mom now!) makes us LOL in her role as the Veep’s problem-solving chief of staff.
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PRETTY WOMAN, 1990
Pretty much everyone fell in love with (nominated for her turn in August: Osage County) when she charmed Richard Gere in this ’90s favorite, playing a prostitute with a sense of humor, perfect big hair and an even bigger, toothy smile that captivated America.
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MY BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING, 1997
Dermot Mulroney jumped to the top of many a girl’s crush list when he played opposite Julia Roberts (his costar in 2013’s August: Osage County) in this sweetheart of a rom-com, which put him in the middle of a love triangle with Roberts and then-newcomer .
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HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, 1998
Betty & Coretta’s Angela Bassett already had quite the résumé when she steamed up the screen with Taye Diggs in this sexy romantic drama about a single mother who finds herself falling in love on a Jamaican getaway.
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THE PIANO, 1993
Top of the Lake star Holly Hunter’s lone Oscar win is for her role in The Piano, in which she played a mute mother who expresses herself through music. Extra points came for actually playing piano in the film, and serving as a sign language teacher to the actress who played her young daughter, newbie .
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DUMB & DUMBER, 1994
Before entering The Newsroom, Jeff Daniels had a slightly less informed role as Harry Dunne, one-half of the hilariously stupid Dumb & Dumber duo with Jim Carrey. 2014 looks to be an intellectually challenging year for Daniels and Carrey, who will reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber To.
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HOWARDS END, 1992
Helena Bonham Carter hasn’t always been the wacky character actress known for roles in Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. Prior to her glam turn in Burton and Taylor, she was the of her time, playing passionate, empathetic Helen Schlegel in the Oscar-winning adaptation of this dramatic 1910 tome.