73rd Academy Awards

73rd Academy Awards

The 73rd Academy Awards ceremony was the last to take place at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. It was hosted by first-time host Steve Martin, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his presentation.

Notable films receiving Academy Awards at the ceremony included Gladiator, which received 12 nominations and 5 awards, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which received 10 nominations and 4 awards.

After a three-year streak of high ratings, the annual ceremony received very low ratings for the first time in four years. This is partially due to the popularity of CBS's Survivor which was number one on the Nielsen Weekly Ratings. The awards show dropped to second place for the first time in broadcasting history (42.93 million viewers; with 21.1% of households watching). The second time the ceremony placed below the top happened in 2003 when it was surpassed by American Idol.

The Icelandic pop singer Björk arrived in a gown with a fake swan draped across her. It caused an audience reaction that led to several comments by those participating in the Awards Ceremony (see Björk main page). She later used that dress on the cover of her 2001 record album Vespertine.

Notable Quotations

  • "If you can't beat 'me, join 'you" - host Steve Martin commenting on never having received an Academy Award
  • "You know, when you grow up in the suburbs of Sydney, or Auckland, or Newcastle, like Ridley or Jamie Bell, or the suburbs of anywhere, you know a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. But this moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings. And for anybody who's on the downside of advantage and relying purely on courage: It's possible." - Russell Crowe on accepting his Best Actor award.
  • "I have seen the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but I asked myself: 'Why aren't there any Tigers or Dragons?' And then I realized why: They're crouching and hidden." - host Steve Martin.
  • "To me, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sounds like a game that Siegfried & Roy might play on a dull Saturday night." - host Steve Martin.
  • "I wanted to wear my swan tonight. But to me, they're so 'last year'." - host Steve Martin on Björk's swan dress.
  • "To me, hosting the Academy Awards is like making love to a beautiful woman. I only get to do it when Billy Crystal is out of town." - host Steve Martin.

Winners & Nominees

Best Picture


Best Actor in a Leading Role

Gladiator - Russell Crowe

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Erin Brokovich - Julia Roberts

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Traffic - Benicio Del Toro

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Pollock - Marcia Gay Harden

Best Director

Traffic - Steven Soderbergh

Best Original Screenplay

Almost Famous - Cameron Crowe

Best Adapted Screenplay

Traffic - Stephen Gaghan

Best Cinematography

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Peter Pau

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Timmy Yip

Best Costume Design

Gladiator - Janty Yates

Best Sound

Gladiator - Scott Millan , Bob Beemer and Ken Weston

Best Editing

Traffic - Stephen Mirrione

Best Sound Editing

U-571 - Jon Johnson

Best Effects, Visual Effects

Gladiator - John Nelson , Neil Corbould , Tim Burke and Rob Harvey

Best Makeup

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Rick Baker and Gail Rowell-Ryan

Best Music, Original Song

Wonder Boys - Bob Dylan for the song Things Have Changed

Best Music, Original Score

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Tan Dun

Best Short Film, Animated

Father and Daughter

Best Short Film, Live Action

Quiero ser (I want to be ...)

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Big Mama

Best Documentary, Features

Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport

Best Foreign Language Film

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Taiwan

In Memoriam

John Travolta presented a list of those involved in films who had passed on in the previous year. Those featured included: Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Marie Windsor, Beah Richards, Edward Anhalt, Billy Barty, Julius Epstein, George Montgomery, Ring Lardner Jr., Steve Reeves, Jean Peters, Vittorio Gassman, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Dale Evans, Gwen Verdon, Stanley Kramer, Jack Nitzsche, Harold Nicholas, Howard Koch, Loretta Young, Richard Farnsworth, John Gielgud, Jason Robards, Claire Trevor, Alec Guinness, and Walter Matthau.

Partial list of Presenters and Performers



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