The 94th annual Academy Awards are right around the corner, and we’re looking back on the red carpet tradition we’ve always loved most: the chance for couples to take their highly photographed stroll down the red carpet. There’s so much we can read into who our favorite celebrities have chosen to take to the Oscars over the years, as it’s usually not an honor bestowed lightly and is often saved for fiancés, spouses, or in some cases relatives. To give you a modern-day example: It’s a no-brainer that we have pics of Ben Affleck with ex-fiancée Jennifer Lopez and ex-wife Jennifer Garner on the red carpet over the years. But if Affleck had attended this year’s Oscars with now-ex girlfriend Ana de Armas? That would have been a major, major moment in that couple’s history — and a sign that things were getting really serious.
While it’s easy to think of recent splits that broke our hearts, like still-fresh Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, there are so many all-time favorite former couples who have stunned at the Oscars over the years. It’s not just go-to “it” couples like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie hiding out in photos from the 1980s through the 2000s, but couples we honestly forgot ever dated: Salma Hayek and Ed Norton, anyone?
Whether you’re a fan of these stars’ current partners or wish celebs would just go back to their ’90s pairings, there’s no denying these actors have evolved in more ways than one in their Academy Awards photos over the years. See our favorite exes to attend the Oscars together as a couple below.
A version of this article was originally published in 2021.