72nd Academy Awards

72nd Academy Awards

Official poster
Date March 26, 2000
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by Billy Crystal[1]
Preshow host(s) Tyra Banks
Chris Connelly
Meredith Vieira[2]
Produced by Richard D. Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck[3]
Directed by Louis J. Horvitz[4]
Best Picture American Beauty
Most awards American Beauty (5)
Most nominations American Beauty (8)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 4 hours, 9 minutes[5]
Ratings 46.52 million
29.64% (Nielsen ratings)[6]

The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored films released in 1999 and took place on March 26, 2000, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, the AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 23 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by husband-and-wife producing team Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck and was directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actor Billy Crystal hosted the show for the seventh time. He first presided over the 62nd ceremony held in 1990 and had last hosted the 70th ceremony held in 1998. Three weeks earlier in a ceremony at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California held on March 4, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Salma Hayek.[7]

American Beauty won five awards, including Best Picture.[8][9] Other winners included The Matrix with four awards, The Cider House Rules and Topsy-Turvy with two, and All About My Mother, Boys Don't Cry, Girl, Interrupted, King Gimp, My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York, The Old Man and the Sea, One Day in September, The Red Violin, Sleepy Hollow, and Tarzan with one. The telecast garnered almost 47 million viewers in the United States.

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 72nd Academy Awards were announced on February 15, 2000, at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Robert Rehme, president of the Academy, and the actor Dustin Hoffman.[10] American Beauty received the most nominations with eight total; The Cider House Rules and The Insider tied for second with seven nominations each.[11]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 26, 2000.[12] Sam Mendes was the sixth person to win the Best Director Academy Award on his directorial debut.[13] Best Actor winner Kevin Spacey became the tenth performer to win acting Oscars in both lead and supporting categories.[14] By virtue of her father Jon Voight's Best Lead Actor win for 1978's Coming Home, Best Supporting Actress winner Angelina Jolie and Voight became the second father-daughter Oscar acting winners.[15]


Sam Mendes, Best Director winner
Kevin Spacey, Best Actor winner
Hilary Swank, Best Actress winner
Michael Caine, Best Supporting Actor winner
Angelina Jolie, Best Supporting Actress winner
Alan Ball, Best Original Screenplay winner
Kevin Macdonald, Best Documentary Feature co-winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[16]

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Award

Films with multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.[19]

Presenters (in order of appearance)

Name(s) Role
Coyote, PeterPeter Coyote Announcer for the 72nd annual Academy Awards
Rehme, RobertRobert Rehme (AMPAS president) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Barrymore, DrewDrew Barrymore
Cameron Diaz
Lucy Liu
Presenters of the award for Best Costume Design
Osment, Haley JoelHaley Joel Osment Presenters of the child actors tribute montage
Graham, HeatherHeather Graham
Mike Myers
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Badu, ErykahErykah Badu
Tobey Maguire
Presenters of the award for Best Makeup
Ryder, WinonaWinona Ryder Presenter of the film The Cider House Rules on the Best Picture segment
Coburn, JamesJames Coburn Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Freeman, MorganMorgan Freeman Presenter of the "200 Million Year History" movie segment
Blanchett, CateCate Blanchett
Jude Law
Presenters of the award for Best Live Action Short Film
Sheriff Woody, Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks)
Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen)
Jessie (voiced by Joan Cusack)
Presenters of the award for Best Animated Short Film
Jackson, Samuel L.Samuel L. Jackson Presenter of the film The Green Mile on the Best Picture segment
LL Cool J, LL Cool J
Vanessa Williams
Introducers of the performances of the Best Original Song nominees
Cher, Cher Presenters of the award for Best Original Song
Bentley, WesWes Bentley
Thora Birch
Mena Suvari
Presenters of the award Best Documentary Short Subject
Hawke, EthanEthan Hawke
Uma Thurman
Presenters of the award for Best Documentary Feature
Bassett, AngelaAngela Bassett Presenter of the film The Sixth Sense on Best Picture segment
Dench, JudiJudi Dench Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Fonda, JaneJane Fonda Presenter of the Honorary Academy Award to Andrzej Wajda
Yun-fat, ChowChow Yun-fat Presenters of the award Best Sound Editing
Hayek, SalmaSalma Hayek Presenter of the segment of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement and Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Schwarzenegger, ArnoldArnold Schwarzenegger Presenter of the awards for Best Visual Effects
Keaton, DianeDiane Keaton Presenter of the film American Beauty on the Best Picture segment
Banderas, AntonioAntonio Banderas
Penélope Cruz
Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Reeves, KeanuKeanu Reeves
Charlize Theron
Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Norton, EdwardEdward Norton Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute
Crowe, RussellRussell Crowe
Julianne Moore
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction
Jones, Tommy LeeTommy Lee Jones
Ashley Judd
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Nicholson, JackJack Nicholson Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Warren Beatty
Pitt, BradBrad Pitt Presenter for the award for Best Cinematography
Spacey, KevinKevin Spacey Presenter of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Gibson, MelMel Gibson Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay
Huston, AnjelicaAnjelica Huston Presenter of the film The Insider on the Best Picture segment
Benigni, RobertoRoberto Benigni Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Paltrow, GwynethGwyneth Paltrow Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Spielberg, StevenSteven Spielberg Presenter of the award for Best Director
Eastwood, ClintClint Eastwood Presenter of the award for Best Picture

Performers (in order of appearance)

Name(s) Role Performed
Bacharach, BurtBurt Bacharach
Rob Shrock
Don Was
Musical Arrangers Orchestral
Crystal, BillyBilly Crystal Host Opening number:
The Green Mile (to the tune of "Green Acres theme song")
The Sixth Sense (to the tune of "People" from Funny Girl)
The Insider (to the tune of Minute Waltz by Frédéric Chopin)
The Cider House Rules (to the tune of "Mame" from Mame)
American Beauty (to the tune of "The Lady Is a Tramp" from Babes in Arms)[20]
McLachlan, SarahSarah McLachlan
Randy Newman
Performers "When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2
Mann, AimeeAimee Mann Performer "Save Me" from Magnolia
Collins, PhilPhil Collins Performer "You'll Be in My Heart" from Tarzan
Estefan, GloriaGloria Estefan
'N Sync
Performers "Music of My Heart" from Music of the Heart
Williams, RobinRobin Williams Performer "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks
Faith Hill
Ray Charles
Queen Latifah
Isaac Hayes
Burt Bacharach
Dionne Warwick
Performers "Everybody's Talkin'" from Midnight Cowboy
"Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz
"Secret Love" from Calamity Jane
"The Man That Got Away" from A Star Is Born
"I've Got You Under My Skin" from Born to Dance
"All the Way" from The Joker Is Wild
"Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
"Theme from Shaft" from Shaft
"The Way We Were" from The Way We Were
"When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio
"Alfie" from Alfie

Ceremony information

A picture of a man in his early sixties who is wearing navy blue blazer and an unbuttoned light blue shirt.
Billy Crystal hosted the 72nd Academy Awards.

In view of the new millennium, the Academy sought to both shorten the telecast and give the ceremony a new look.[21][22] Husbandandwife producers Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck were recruited to oversee the production of the 2000 ceremony.[21] AMPAS president Robert Rehme explained the decision to hire the Zanucks saying, "With this new producing team in place, I look forward to a whole new perspective."[21] This marked the first occurrence that a woman was tapped for producing duties at the Oscars.[23] Despite Richard and Lili's promises to make changes to the ceremony, they hired actor and veteran Oscar host Billy Crystal to host the ceremony for the seventh time.[21]

Production of the ceremony was reported to be far more ambitious and extravagant than previous ceremonies.[24] Art director Bob Keene designed an ambitiously technological stage design for the telecast that used a floor adorned with flashing lights and several 35 foot columns consisting of high-definition video monitors stacked atop each other.[24] The columns were used to display images of previous Oscar appearances as presenters took the stage, nomination packages, and reaction shots of the acting nominees as the winner was being announced.[25] Because of serious technical challenges concerning movement, lighting, and overheating, Keene and his production design team tested the stage at ABC Prospect Studios before installing it at the Shrine Auditorium.[26]

Several other people were involved in the production of the ceremony. Actor Peter Coyote, who served as announcer for the telecast, was often seen before commercial breaks live behind the stage.[25][27] Musical directors Burt Bacharach, Don Was, and Rob Shrock composed a techno-pop soundtrack that substituted for a live orchestra during most of the ceremony.[21][28] In addition, Bacharach rounded up musicians that included Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, and Dionne Warwick to perform a medley of songs previously nominated for Best Original Song.[29] Choreographer Kenny Ortega supervised the "Blame Canada" musical number.[30]

Box office performance of nominees

At the time of the nominations announcement on February 15, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees was $521 million with an average of $104 million per film.[31] The Sixth Sense was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $278.4 million in domestic box office receipts.[31] The film was followed by The Green Mile ($120.7 million), American Beauty ($74.7 million), The Cider House Rules ($20.7 million), and finally The Insider ($26.6 million).[31]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 37 nominations went to 11 films on the list.[32] Only The Sixth Sense (2nd), The Green Mile (13th), The Talented Mr. Ripley (26th), and American Beauty (27th) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, or Best Picture. The other top 50 box office hits that earned the nominations were Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Mence (1st), Toy Story 2 (3rd), The Matrix (5th), Tarzan (6th), The Mummy (8th), Stuart Little (11th), and Sleepy Hollow (20th).[32]

Missing paper ballots

Nearly two weeks before Oscar voting was finished, AMPAS reported that 4,000 of the ballots mailed to Academy members were missing. The bags that carried the ballots were mislabeled as third-class mail.[33] On March 6, 2000, 1,000 of the ballots were discovered at a US Postal Service regional distribution center in Bell, California.[34] In response to affected members, AMPAS sent replacement ballots sealed in yellow envelopes, and extended the voting deadline by two days to March 23.[35]

Oscar statuettes theft

On March 10, 2000, 55 Oscar statuettes were stolen from a Roadway Express loading dock in Bell, California.[35][36] In the event the stolen awards were to be still missing during the festivities, AMPAS announced that R.S. Owens & Company, the manufacturer of the awards would produce a new batch of the golden statuettes.[37] Nine days later, 52 of the stolen statuettes were discovered in a trash bin at a Food 4 Less supermarket located in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles by a man named Willie Fulgear.[38][39] For the safe recovery of the stolen statuettes, Roadway Express rewarded Mr. Fulgear with $50,000, and the Academy gave him and his son Allen two tickets to the ceremony.[40] Two Roadway Express employees, truck driver Lawrence Ledent and dock worker Anthony Hart, were arrested for the theft of the Oscars. Both men pleaded no contest. Lawrence served six months in prison and Anthony received probation. A third man who was Mr. Fulgear's half-brother was initially charged with the crime, but police dropped those charges after Mr. Fulgear divulged that they were estranged from each other.[38][41] Three years later, one of three remaining missing Oscar statuettes was discovered during a drug bust at a mansion in Miami, Florida; the other two have yet to be found.[42]

Critical reviews

The show received a positive reception from most media publications. Television critic Monica Collins of the Boston Herald praised producers Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck for overseeing a show that was "clean, snappy, high-gloss and very well produced." She also quipped that host Billy Crystal did not need to save the show this time because "everything seemed to come together.[43] The San Francisco Examiner's Wesley Morris wrote "the show was downright hip, more so than it's been in decades." He also gave high marks for the "techno-chic" production elements from the music and stage design.[44] Columnist Paul Brownfield of the Los Angeles Times raved that "the 72nd annual Academy Awards telecast was hipper than in years past, sleeker in look and edgier in tone." He added that Crystal was "the perfect antidote to the entire evening's self-serious posturing."[45]

Some media outlets were more critical of the show. John Carman of the San Francisco Chronicle lamented that despite being solid and tidy, "the show never quite managed the big surprises, sloppy excesses and emotional highs we hope to see."[46] Pittsburgh Post-Gazette television critic Rob Owen criticized the uneven pacing of the ceremony writing that the telecast "started slowly – 20 minutes of Billy Crystal's spoofs and singing that weren't as funny as his past Oscar intros – and never got up to speed."[47] Caryn James of The New York Times remarked that "the four-hour show turned into a zombie." She also stated that the telecast was bloated with too many tributes to Hollywood's past.[48]

Ratings and reception

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 46.52 million viewers over its length, which was a 3% increase from the previous year's ceremony.[6] An estimated 79.11 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards.[6] The show also drew higher Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 29.64% of households watching over a 48.32 share.[49] In addition, it also drew a higher 1849 demo rating with a 19.86 rating over a 39.34 share among viewers in that demographic.[49]

In July 2000, the show received nine nominations at the 52nd Primetime Emmy Awards.[50] Two months later, the ceremony won one of those nominations for Louis J. Horvitz's direction of the telecast.[51]

In Memoriam

The annual In Memoriam tribute, presented by actor Edward Norton, honored the following people.[52]

See also


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