Gwyneth Paltrow says Jack Nicholson tried to ask her out multiple times

When Gwyneth Paltrow won her first and only Oscar in 1999, she avoided a seriously awkward moment onstage.

Jack Nicholson had the honour of presenting Best Actress that year and, according to Paltrow, the legendary actor had been trying to get her to go on a date with him for for a while before that year's Academy Awards.

"Jack Nicholson gave it to me," Paltrow, who was 26 to his 61 at the time, recounted to Variety. "There's a funny story where he'd been trying to ask me out before, and I was like, 'I have a boyfriend!'"

The Goop founder, who was awarded for her performance in "Shakespeare in Love," went on to explain that the moment didn't end up being as awkward as she may have anticipated, but she did forget to take the envelope with her name in it from him.

The chivalrous actor sent her the envelope "with a tender note."

"I have it framed," Paltrow revealed.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1990s
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Moss, and Liv Tyler (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Blythe Danner and daughter actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Prince of Tides' Century City Premiere on December 11, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California.
CRUEL DOUBT -- Air Date 05/17/1992 -- Pictured: Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
CRUEL DOUBT -- Air Date 05/17/1992 -- Pictured: (l-r) Blythe Danner as Bonnie Von Stein, Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard -- Photo by: Bruce Birmelin/NBCU Photo Bank
CRUEL DOUBT -- Air Date 05/17/1992 -- Pictured: Gwyneth Paltrow as Angela Pritchard -- Photo by: Bruce Birmelin/NBCU Photo Bank
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Flesh & Bone' Hollywood Premiere on November 4, 1993 at Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Blythe Danner and daughter actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Saint of Fort Washington' New York City Premiere on November 16, 1993 at the Worldwide Plaza Cinema in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio attend the 65th Annual National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Awards on February 28, 1994 at The Equitable Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Gwyneth Paltrow and Leonardo DiCaprio (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Living in Oblivion' West Los Angeles Premiere on July 12, 1995 at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Living in Oblivion' West Los Angeles Premiere on July 12, 1995 at the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the 'Hamlet' Broadway Play Opening Night Performance on May 2, 1995 at the Belasco Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends The Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala Exhibiton of 'Haute Couture' on December 4, 1995 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Brad Pitt attend the 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 21, 1996 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Pallbearer' New York City Premiere on April 28, 1996 at the Tribeca Film Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Emma' New York City Premiere on July 22, 1996 at the Paris Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner attend the 'Emma' New York City Premiere on July 22, 1996 at the Paris Theatre in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actor Brad Pitt and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend 'The Devil's Own' New York City Premiere on March 13, 1997 at City Cinemas Cinema 1 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow departs for New York City on July 30, 1997 from the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Producer Bruce Paltrow, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner attend the 'Hard Eight' Hollywood Premiere on February 23, 1997 at Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Great Expectations' Century City Premiere on January 20, 1998 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the 'Shakespeare in Love' New York City Premiere on December 3, 1998 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and actor Ben Affleck attend the Fifth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 7, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Director/Producer Steven Spielberg and actress Gwyneth Paltrow attend the Fourth Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards on October 21, 1999 at the Beacon Theater in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' Westwood Premiere on December 12, 1999 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow attends the Fifth Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 7, 1999 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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Earlier that awards season, the actress had shocked the industry by winning the Golden Globe for her performance, which changed her life forever: It was at that point that Paltrow could no longer go around unrecognised.

"At the time, Los Angeles was a one-industry place," she told Variety. "Everywhere I went, I didn't feel like a civilian. I don't even know how to articulate it."

The effect that it had on her life upped Paltrow's anxiety, which ended up affecting her physical appearance at the Oscars, where she wore a now-iconic pink Ralph Lauren dress that she chose herself "based on a frock that she'd seen at a fashion show."

"Every time I would go have a fitting, I would lose six pounds, because I was just so nervous," Paltrow explained. "I'm one of those people, when I'm nervous I can't eat."

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Oscars through the decades: 1999
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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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