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Though the U.S. version of J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book — which changed the "Philosopher's Stone" to the "Sorcerer's Stone" — didn't hit shelves until 1998, British readers enrolled at Hogwarts in June 1997. (The first of the movies debuted four years later in 2001.)
Already an international pop sensation, the Spice Girls — Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham, Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm and Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell — played themselves in this musical comedy, which hit U.K. theaters on December 26, 1997, going worldwide shortly thereafter.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck won their first Oscar (for best screenplay) for this Gus Van Sant–directed drama about an M.I.T. janitor who just happens to be math genius. The film, which premiered in the U.S. in December 1997, also earned Robin Williams his first and only Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
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