74th Academy Awards
|74th Academy Awards|
Official poster by Alex Ross
|Date||March 24, 2002|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|Director||Louis J. Horvitz|
|Best Picture||A Beautiful Mind|
|Most awards||A Beautiful Mind &
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (4)
|Most nominations||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (13)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||4 hours, 23 minutes|
24.13% Nielsen ratings
The 74th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2001 and took place March 24, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles. It was the first ceremony to take place in Hollywood since the 32nd ceremony held in 1960. During the ceremony, AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC. Actress Whoopi Goldberg hosted the show for the fourth time, having previously presided over the 66th, 68th, and 71st ceremonies. It was produced by Laura Ziskin (making her the first woman to produce the ceremony solo) and directed by Louis J. Horvitz.
A Beautiful Mind won four awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Ron Howard. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring also won four awards, all in the technical categories. Other winners included Black Hawk Down and Moulin Rouge! with two awards each, and The Accountant, For the Birds, Gosford Park, Iris, Monster's Ball, Monsters, Inc., Murder on a Sunday Morning, No Man's Land, Pearl Harbor, Shrek, Thoth, and Training Day, all with one each. The telecast garned nearly 41 million viewers (in North America).
The 74th Academy Awards marked the first year the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestowed the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, the first time an African American (Halle Berry), won the Best Actress, and was the last time, as of 2012, that a film (Mulholland Dr.) only received a nomination for the Best Director Academy Award.
Winner and nominees
The nominees for the 74th Academy Awards were announced on February 12, 2002, at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Frank Pierson, president of the Academy, and actress Marcia Gay Harden. Films with the most nominations were The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with thirteen, followed by A Beautiful Mind and Moulin Rouge! with eight.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 24, 2002. Denzel Washington was the second African-American to win Best Lead Actor, following Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field in 1964; coincidentally, Poitier received an Honorary Academy Award that same night Washington won the Oscar for Training Day. Halle Berry made Oscar history by becoming the first African-American to win Best Lead Actress.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
Multiple nominations and awards
The following seventeen films received multiple nominations:
The following four films received multiple awards:
Presenters and performers
The 74th Academy Awards ceremony was significant for a number of reasons. It saw the return of the Academy Awards celebrations to Hollywood, after more than forty years away, taking place at the brand new Kodak Theatre. As a result of the new facility, the ceremony was the first to be telecast to domestic audience on ABC in high definition, as the Kodak was purpose-built for high definition production. Instead of a typical scenery, HD screens were used throughout the ceremony much similar to the technologically ambitious design at the 72nd Academy Awards (that was the first time an HD set was used). The visual graphics and idents were designed by Imaginary Forces (who designed graphics for several TV shows such as Ally McBeal and movies such as Mission Impossible) using a 'gold circles' motif consisting of gold circles that panned through the screen or rotated rapidly.
Furthermore, the tone quietened by the recent occurrence of the attacks on September 11. Just as the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards were postponed in 2001, many wondered if the Oscars would be postponed as well. Frank Pierson, then president of the Academy stated that the Oscars would proceed as scheduled, and to postpone would mean that 'the terrorists have won'. However, the red carpet festivities prior to the awards, though not canceled, were severely curtailed as now the availabity of the bleacher seats were determined by a lottery rather than the first come, first serve basis. Also, there were 26 references to the attacks during the telecast.
Several other people participated in the production of the ceremony. The orchestra led by film composer and telecast musical supervisor John Williams, performed selections of film scores during a montage saluting film composers produced by Kyle Cooper. Woody Allen made his first appearance at an Oscar ceremony to present a tribute to films shot in New York City compiled by Nora Ephron, in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris filmed a vignette featuring several famous people discuss movie memories. Cirque du Soleil performed a dance number inspired by movies and visual effects.
The ceremony also saw both the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars awarded to African-American actors for the first time in Academy Award history; this, in addition to Robert Redford and Sidney Poitier winning the Lifetime Achievement awards, led some to dub the ceremony The Bloscars and the "Blackademy Awards". However, some controversy was sparked after Denzel Washington's win (for playing a dirty cop), as well as Halle Berry's Best Actress win (her role involving a sex scene with Billy Bob Thornton). Rumor has it that Russell Crowe was the front runner for the award, which would have marked a second consecutive win for Crowe in the Best Actor category, but a violent episode at the BAFTA ceremony several weeks earlier turned the Academy voters against him.
Randy Newman, who at the time had the distinction of most nominations without winning, would finally break his streak and win the Oscar for Best Song for Monsters, Inc.'s "If I Didn't Have You". After receiving an enthusiastic standing ovation, a bemused but emotional Newman began his acceptance speech with "I don't want your pity!"
The 74th Academy Awards would be the first year that the award for Best Animated Feature was presented. According to the rules at the time, at least three animated features have to be widely released in a particular year for the award to appear on the ballot. Shrek (DreamWorks Animation, DreamWorks Pictures) was the first winning recipient in this new award category.
Laura Ziskin (producer of Pretty Woman, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Lee Daniels' The Butler) was producer and executive producer for the first time making her the first woman to solo produce the telecast. She also produced the 2007 telecast. The telecast, which was shown in the United States on ABC, is currently the longest to date. It is also the very last Oscars to have run for over four hours.
The annual In Memoriam tribute was presented by actor Kevin Spacey.
- The families of actresses Dorothy McGuire and Peggy Lee publicly objected to their omissions from the Memoriam tribute.
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- 22nd Golden Raspberry Awards
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- 54th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 55th British Academy Film Awards
- 56th Tony Awards
- 59th Golden Globe Awards
- 2001 in film
- List of submissions to the 74th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
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