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73rd Academy Awards

73rd Academy Awards
Official poster promoting the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001.
Official poster
Date March 25, 2001
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
Host Steve Martin[1]
Pre-show Chris Connelly
Julie Moran
Jim Moret[2]
Producer Gil Cates[3]
Director Louis J. Horvitz[4]
Best Picture Gladiator
Most awards Gladiator (5)
Most nominations Gladiator (12)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 23 minutes[5]
Ratings 42.9 million
26.2% (Nielsen ratings)[6]

The 73rd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored films of 2000 and took place on March 25, 2001, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 23 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and was directed by Louis J. Horvitz.[7] Actor Steve Martin hosted the show for the first time.[8] Three weeks earlier in a ceremony at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California held on March 3, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Renée Zellweger.[9]

Gladiator won five awards including Best Picture.[10] Other winners included Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Traffic with four awards, and Almost Famous, Big Mama, Erin Brockovich, Father and Daughter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport, Pollock, Quiero ser (I want to be ...), U-571 and Wonder Boys with one. The telecast garnered almost 43 million viewers in the United States.


  • Winners and nominees 1
    • Awards 1.1
    • Academy Honorary Awards 1.2
    • Irving G. Thalberg Award 1.3
    • Multiple nominations and awards 1.4
  • Presenters and performers 2
    • Presenters 2.1
    • Performers 2.2
  • Ceremony information 3
    • Box office performance of nominees 3.1
    • Critical reviews 3.2
    • Ratings and reception 3.3
  • In Memoriam 4
  • See also 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • Bibliography 8
  • External links 9

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 73rd Academy Awards were announced on February 13, 2001, by Robert Rehme, president of the Academy, and Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates.[11] Gladiator received the most nominations with twelve. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon came in second with ten.[12]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 25, 2001.[13] Gladiator became the first film to win Best Picture without a directing or screenwriting win since 1949's All the King's Men.[14] Best Director winner Steven Soderbergh, who received nominations for both Erin Brockovich and Traffic (for which he won the award), was the third person to receive double directing nominations in the same year.[A][15] Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the third film nominated simultaneously for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film in the same year.[B][16] Moreover, its ten nominations were the most for a foreign language film.[17] With four wins, the film tied with Fanny and Alexander as the most awarded foreign language films in Academy Awards history.[18] By virtue of his brother's Best Supporting Actor nomination for 1988's Running on Empty, Best Supporting actor nominee Joaquin Phoenix and River became the first pair of brothers to earn acting nominations.[19]


Photo of Steven Soderberg at the 66th Venice Film Festival.
Steven Soderbergh, Best Director winner

Photo of Russell Crowe at the premiere of Les Misérables in 2012.
Russel Crowe, Best Actor winner

Photo of Julia Roberts attending the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.
Julia Roberts, Best Actress winner

Photo of Benicio del Toro speaking at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2013.
Benicio del Toro, Best Supporting Actor winner

Photo of Marcia Gay Harden attending the premiere of the 2013 film Frozen in Hollywood, California.
Marcia Gay Harden, Best Supporting Actress winner

Photo of Marcia Gay Harden attending the premiere of the 2013 film Frozen in Hollywood, California.
Photo of Ang Lee at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009.
Ang Lee, Best Foreign Language Film winner

Photo of Rick Baker at the 2011 Saturn Awards.
Rick Baker, Best Makeup winner

Photo of Stephen Mirrione.
Stephen Mirrione, Best Film Editing winner

Winners are listed first and indicated with double dagger (double-dagger)[20]

Academy Honorary Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Award

Multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.[24]


Name(s) Role
Tuttle, GinaGina Tuttle Announcer for the 73rd annual Academy Awards
Helms, Susan J.Susan J. Helms
Yury Usachov
James S. Voss
Introducers of host Steve Martin
Zeta-Jones, CatherineCatherine Zeta-Jones Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction
Cage, NicolasNicolas Cage Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Crowe, RussellRussell Crowe Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Stiller, BenBen Stiller Presenter of the award for Best Live Action Short, and Best Animated Short
Berry, HalleHalle Berry Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "My Funny Friend and Me"
Affleck, BenBen Affleck Presenter of the film Traffic on the Best Picture segment
Cruz, PenélopePenélope Cruz Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Rehme, RobertRobert Rehme (AMPAS president) Gave remarks announcing the end of his tenure as president of AMPAS
Jolie, AngelinaAngelina Jolie Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Myers, MikeMike Myers Presenter of the awards Best Sound, and Best Sound Editing
Judd, AshleyAshley Judd Presenter of the film Chocolat on the Best Picture segment
Stiles, JuliaJulia Stiles Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "A Love Before Time"
Roberts, JuliaJulia Roberts Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Freeman, MorganMorgan Freeman Presenter of the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on the Best Picture segment
Hudson, KateKate Hudson Presenter of the award for Best Makeup
Hoffman, DustinDustin Hoffman Presenter of the Honorary Academy Award to Jack Cardiff
Jackson, Samuel L.Samuel L. Jackson Presenter of the awards for Best Documentary Short Subject, and Best Documentary Feature
Parker, Sarah JessicaSarah Jessica Parker Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "A Fool in Love"
Yeoh, MichelleMichelle Yeoh
Chow Yun-Fat
Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Zellweger, RenéeRenée Zellweger Presenter of the segment of the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement, and the Gordon E. Sawyer Award
Weaver, SigourneySigourney Weaver Presenter of the film Gladiator on the Best Picture segment
Hawn, GoldieGoldie Hawn Introducer of the performance of excerpts of the nominees for Best Original Score
Presenter of the award for Best Original Score
Hopkins, AnthonyAnthony Hopkins Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Dino De Laurentiis
Ryder, WinonaWinona Ryder Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "I've Seen It All"
Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta Presenter of the In Memoriam tribute
Binoche, JulietteJuliette Binoche
Jack Valenti
Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Lopez, JenniferJennifer Lopez Introducer of the performance of Best Song nominee "Things Have Changed"
Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Swank, HilaryHilary Swank Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Bening, AnnetteAnnette Bening Presenter of the film Erin Brockovich on the Best Picture segment
Andrews, JulieJulie Andrews Presenter of the Honorary Academy Award for Ernest Lehman
Spacey, KevinKevin Spacey Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Hanks, TomTom Hanks Introducer of presenter Arthur C. Clarke
Clarke, Arthur C.Arthur C. Clarke Presenter of the award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Hanks, TomTom Hanks Presenter of the award for Best Original Screenplay
Cruise, TomTom Cruise Presenter of the award for Best Director
Douglas, MichaelMichael Douglas Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name(s) Role Performed
Conti, BillBill Conti Musical Arranger
StingSting Performer "My Funny Friend and Me" from The Emperor's New Groove
Lee, CocoCoco Lee Performer "A Love Before Time" from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hoffs, SusannaSusanna Hoffs
Randy Newman
Performers "A Fool in Love" from Meet the Parents
Ma, Yo-YoYo-Yo Ma
Itzhak Perlman
Performers Performed selections from the Best Original Score nominees
, BjörkBjörk Performer "I've Seen It All" from Dancer in the Dark
Dylan, BobBob Dylan Performer "Things Have Changed" from Wonder Boys

Ceremony information

Photo of Steve Martin at the 120th Anniversary of Carnegie Hall in April 2011.
Steve Martin hosted the 73rd Academy Awards

Despite earning both critical praise and increased viewership from last year's ceremony, actor Billy Crystal announced that he would not host the ceremony for a second consecutive year.[25] He listed his role in the film America's Sweethearts and his directing and producing duties for the made-for-television film 61* as obstacles preventing him from reprising his role as emcee.[26] Shortly after being selected as producer for the awards gala, Gil Cates hired actor and comedian Steve Martin as host for the 2001 telecast.[27] Cates explained his choice of Martin as host saying, "He's a movie star, he's funny, he's classy, he's literate — he'll be a wonderful host."[28] Additionally, AMPAS president Robert Rehme approved of the selection stating, "Steve is a man of great style. I am simply elated to have him on board. He was at the top of our list, we offered and he accepted; it was as simple as that.”[29] Martin expressed his delight in hosting the gala jokingly retoring, "If you can't win 'em, join 'em."[30]

In view of the gala taking place in the year 2001, Cates christened the show with a theme saluting the Stanley Kubrick science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey.[31] In tandem with the theme, astronauts Susan J. Helms, Yury Usachov, and James S. Voss who were inside the International Space Station Alpha Destiny module during Expedition 2 appeared at the beginning of the telecast via satellite to introduce host Martin.[32] Throughout the broadcast, the orchestra conducted by film composer Bill Conti performed a remixed version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)" composed by Brazilian jazz musician Eumir Deodato.[33] Furthermore, 2001 author Arthur C. Clarke presented the Best Adapted Screenplay award from his home in Sri Lanka.[34][35]

Several others participated in the production of the ceremony. Production designer Roy Christopher designed a new stage for the show which featured gigantic louvered cove that curved from the stage floor to the ceiling via the auditorium's backstage wall. Many media outlets described the set design resembling a cross section of a space capsule.[36] In addition, four stainless steel arcs each carved with a silhouette of the Oscar statuette were flanked at the front and back of the stage allowing presenters and winners to pass through them.[36] Dancer Debbie Allen choreographed the performances of the Best Original Song nominees.[37] Musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman performed excerpts from the five nominees for Best Original Score.[38][39]

Box office performance of nominees

Before the nominees were announced on February 13, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees was $471 million with an average of $94 million per film.[40] Gladiator was the highest earner among the Best Picture nominees with $186.6 million in domestic box office receipts. The film was followed by Erin Brockovich ($125.5 million), Traffic ($71.2 million), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ($60.7 million), and finally, Chocolat ($27 million).[40]

Of the top 50 grossing movies of the year, 49 nominations went to 15 films on the list. Only Cast Away (3rd), Gladiator (4th), Erin Brockovich (12th), Traffic (31st), and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (41st) directing, acting, screenwriting, or Best Picture.[41] The other top 50 box office hits that earned nominations were Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1st), The Perfect Storm (5th), Meet the Parents (7th), The Patriot (17th), Space Cowboys (23rd), The Emperor's New Groove (25th), U-571 (26th), Hollow Man (30th), 102 Dalmatians (38th), and The Cell (40th).[41]

Critical reviews

The show received a positive reception from most media outlets. Television critic Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "As host, Martin was typically dapper and comfortably low-key, pacing himself throughout the evening." He also added, "The Oscars seemed as bouncy and well oiled as Russell Crowe's 'do—a '50s Gene Vincent-style quiff that made for a cool rock & roll segue into Dylan's Best Song performance."[42] USA Today critic Robert Bianco gave an average review of the telecast but commended the host stating, "Martin was a droll delight — as amusing as Oscar star Billy Crystal, but in an entirely different way. Where Crystal was all hard work and good humor, the more deadpan and deceptively proper Martin let his nastier jokes sneak up on you."[43] Tom Shales from The Washington Post commented Martin was "the best Oscar host since Johnny Carson." In addition, he quipped that "The show was almost too dignified for its own good, yet it remained exciting and entertaining even at its loftier and more pretentious moments."[44]

Some media outlets were more critical of the show. Barry Garron of the The Hollywood Reporter commented, "Here was veteran producer Gil Cates presiding over one of the few Academy Award presentations that ended on time and still managed to be too long." Additionally, he quipped "If nothing else, tonight's show proved that, despite the many Awards most viewers have no interest in, the show can be done in three and a half hours."[45] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Steve Murray remarked, "It wasn't just that Martin lacked the impish, insider energy of Billy Crystal - or even Whoopi Goldberg's hypnotically awful self-satisfaction. No, the 73rd annual Academy Awards still seemed to go on forever, even though it was one of the shortest in years."[46] Television critic John Carman of San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Even with a rookie host, Steve Martin, the Academy Awards show was long on decorum and disappointingly short on verve."[47]

Ratings and reception

The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 42.9 million people over its length, which was a 7% decrease from the previous year's ceremony.[48][49] An estimated 72.2 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards.[49] The show also earned lower Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 26.2% of households watching over a 40 share.[50] In addition, it garnered a lower 18–49 demo rating with a 17.8 rating among viewers in that demographic.[50]

In July 2001, the ceremony presentation received eight nominations at the 53rd Primetime Emmys.[51] Two months later, the ceremony won one of those nominations for Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Or Music Series Or Special (Edward J. Greene, Tom Vicari, Bob Douglass).[52]

In Memoriam

The annual In Memoriam tribute, presented by actor John Travolta, honored the following people.[53]

See also


A^ : The two previous directors to have done so are: Frank Lloyd and Michael Curtiz[15]
B^ : Z and Life Is Beautiful were the two previous films to have accomplished this feat.[16]


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External links

Official websites

News resources


  • 2000 Academy Awards Winners and History Filmsite
  • Academy Awards, USA: 2001 Internet Movie Database
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