75th Academy Awards
|75th Academy Awards|
|Date||Sunday, March 23, 2003|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|Director||Louis J. Horvitz|
|Most awards||Chicago (6)|
|Most nominations||Chicago (13)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 30 minutes|
20.58 (Nielsen ratings)
The 75th Academy Awards honored the best films of 2002, were held on March 23, 2003, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. It was produced by Gil Cates and hosted for the second time by Steve Martin.
Chicago led the nominations with thirteen. The film went on to win six Oscars including Best Picture, the first musical to win this category since Oliver! in 1968. It also is as of 2012 the last film to take home Best Picture and Best Supporting actress. Roman Polanski, who was nominated for the fourth time, won the Oscar for Best Director.
Also for the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, a truly fictitious person was nominated for an award. Donald Kaufman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay along with Charlie Kaufman for Adaptation.. In the film Adaptation., Donald Kaufman is portrayed as the fictional twin brother of Charlie Kaufman played by Nicolas Cage.
Academy Honorary Award
Multiple nominations and awards
The following twelve films received multiple nominations:
The following four films received multiple awards:
Presenters and Performers
|Ben Affleck||Best Original Screenplay|
|Julie Andrews||Short Film about previous musical numbers|
|Kathy Bates||Short Film about previous Oscar winners|
|Gael García Bernal||The Performance of "Burn it Blue"|
|Halle Berry||Best Actor|
|Jennifer Connelly||Best Supporting Actor|
|Sean Connery||Best Supporting Actress|
|Geena Davis||Best Film Editing|
|Olivia de Havilland||Oscar's Family Album|
|Cameron Diaz||Best Animated Feature|
|Colin Farrell||The Performance of "The Hands that Built America"|
|Harrison Ford||Best Director|
|Brendan Fraser||Clip From "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"|
|Jennifer Garner and Mickey Mouse||Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
|Richard Gere||Clip From "Chicago"|
|Marcia Gay Harden||Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Salma Hayek||Best Foreign Language Film|
|Dustin Hoffman||Clip From "The Pianist"|
|Kate Hudson||Sci-Tech Awards|
|Diane Lane||Best Documentary Feature|
|Jennifer Lopez||Best Art Direction|
|Matthew McConaughey||Clip From "The Gangs of New York"|
|Julianne Moore||Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
|Keanu Reeves||Best Visual Effects|
|Julia Roberts||Best Cinematography|
|Susan Sarandon||In Memoriam Tribute|
|Mira Sorvino||Best Costume Design|
|Meryl Streep||Honorary Award|
|Barbra Streisand||Best Original Song|
|Hilary Swank||Clip from "The Hours"|
|John Travolta||The Performance of "I Move On"|
|Jack Valenti||Best Documentary Short Subject|
|Nia Vardalos||Best Makeup|
|Denzel Washington||Best Actress|
|Renée Zellweger||Best Original Score|
|"I Move On"||"Chicago"|
|Paul Simon||"Father and Daughter"||"The Wild Thornberrys Movie"|
|"Burn It Blue"||"Frida"|
|U2||"The Hands That Built America"||"Gangs of New York"|
News and recap
The ceremony was originally intended to be an especially festive celebration of the ceremony's 75th anniversary. However, it was muted five days before the show by the onset of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which coincided almost exactly with the ceremony. As a result, the hype and tone of the show were scaled back, and some Award winners (most notably Michael Moore) took the opportunity to voice their opposition to the invasion.
The ceremony was watched by 33.04 million people with 20.58% of households watching according to Nielsen ratings. For the second time in the telecast's history, it fell second place to a different program (American Idol) for the week. It remained the least watched and lowest rated telecast (until 2008) since ratings were recorded beginning in 1967 and audience size was measured since 1974.
Halle Berry was presenting the Oscar for Best Actor which went to Adrien Brody. As he got on stage he shocked everyone (especially Berry) by passionately kissing her. When the kiss was done Adrien turned back to Berry, quipping "Bet you didn't know that was in the gift bag."
The kiss was subsequently parodied in other awards ceremonies. One such reenactment occurred between Adrien Brody and Queen Latifah when they were presenting the Best Kiss at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. Additionally, at the 76th Academy Awards, Brody freshened up with a spritz of breath spray before presenting the Best Actress award to Charlize Theron. The audience laughed appreciatively at the gag, and Brody and Theron shared a brief hug without a kiss as he handed over the Oscar.
Michael Moore controversy
When Michael Moore received the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Bowling for Columbine, he took the opportunity to voice his opinions on the "fictitious war" and a "fictitious President", with a mixture of applause and boos ensuing from the audience.
After he left the stage, host Steve Martin broke the tension in the room by joking, "It's so sweet backstage, you should have seen it. The Teamsters are helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo." The audience erupted in laughter and applause.
This year, the actors nominated for an Oscar did not have a clip shown of their performance as their names were announced, as had been done in years past. Instead, the Academy showed clips from every single actor or actress that ever won an Oscar for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor or Actress in the past 75 years.
As a celebration of 75 years of the Academy, the Academy invited a large portion of actors and actresses that were past Oscar winners, although this year there were 59 past winners as opposed to the 70 that attended the 70th Academy Awards.
Presented by Susan Sarandon, the montage included executive Lew Wasserman, art director Richard Sylbert, Eddie Bracken, director George Sidney, Katy Jurado, producer Jack Brodsky, Dudley Moore, director John Frankenheimer, Rod Steiger, writer Norman Panama, Horst Buchholz, director J. Lee Thompson, Leo McKern, Milton Berle, animator Ward Kimball, Richard Crenna, documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, Rosemary Clooney, writer Daniel Taradash, Signe Hasso, composer Walter Scharf, Kim Hunter, lyricist Adolph Green, Alberto Sordi, cinematographer Conrad Hall, director George Roy Hill, Richard Harris, James Coburn and director Billy Wilder.
- "Ugh, Russell Crowe said 'don't cry if you get up there' and now i'm crying. [turn around, crying]. Sorry.." - Nicole Kidman, upon received her Oscar for Best Actress.
- "We live in fictitious times. We live in the time where we have fictitious election results, that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man sending us to war for fictitious reasons. Whether it's the fiction of duct tape or fiction of orange alerts, we are against this war, Mr. Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush! Shame on you! And any time you got the Pope and the Dixie Chicks against you, your time is up! Thank you very much!" - Michael Moore, as he received his Oscar for Best Documentary Bowling for Columbine.
- "It was so sweet backstage, you should have seen it. The Teamsters were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo." – host Steve Martin, after Michael Moore's acceptance speech
- "In About Schmidt, Jack Nicholson plays a retired insurance executive who climbs into a hot tub with Kathy Bates...But hey, who hasn't?" - host Steve Martin.
- "Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings." - Kathy Bates.
- "There comes a time in life when everything makes sense. This is not one of those times." - Adrien Brody after winning Best Actor.
- "...you know, it fills me with great joy. But I am also filled with a lot of sadness tonight, because I'm accepting an award at -- at such a strange time. And you know my experiences of making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanization of people at times of war, and the repercussions of war. And whomever you believe in, if it's God or Allah, may He watch over you, and let's pray for a peaceful and swift resolution."- Adrien Brody.
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