|73rd Academy Awards|
|Date||March 25, 2001|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Director||Louis J. Horvitz|
|Most awards||Gladiator (5)|
|Most nominations||Gladiator (12)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 23 minutes|
25.87% (Nielsen ratings)
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. Actor Steve Martin hosted the show for the first time. 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.
Gladiator won five awards including Best Picture. Other winners included Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Traffic with four awards, 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.
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. Gladiator received the most nominations with twelve. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon came in second with ten.
The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 25, 2001. Gladiator became the first film to win Best Picture without a directing or screenwriting win since 1949's All the King's Men. 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. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the third film nominated simultaneously for Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film in the same year. Moreover, its ten nominations were the most for a foreign language film. With four wins, the film tied with Fanny and Alexander as the most awarded foreign language films in Oscars history. 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.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
The following 20 films received multiple nominations:
The following three films received multiple awards:
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Tuttle, GinaGina Tuttle||Announcer for the 73rd annual Academy Awards|
|Helms, Susan J.Susan J. Helms
James S. Voss
|Introducer of host Steve Martin|
|Zeta-Jones, CatherineCatherine Zeta-Jones||Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Cage, NicolasNicolas Cage||Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Crowe, RussellRussell Crowe||Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Stiller, BenBen Stiller||Presenters 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
|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
|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|
|Conti, BillBill Conti||Musical Arranger
|Sting Sting||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
|Performers||"A Fool in Love" from Meet the Parents|
|Ma, Yo-YoYo-Yo Ma
|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|
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. 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. Shortly after being selected as producer for the awards gala, Gil Cates hired actor and comedian Steve Martin as host for the 2001 telecast. 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." 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.” Martin expressed his delight in hosting the gala jokingly retoring, "If you can't win 'em, join 'em."
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. 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. 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. Furthermore, 2001 author Arthur C. Clarke presented the Best Adapted Screenplay award from his home in Sri Lanka.
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. 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. Dancer Debbie Allen choreographed the performances of the Best Original Song nominees. Musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman performed excerpts from the five nominees for Best Original Score.
At the time of the nominations announcement on February 13, the combined gross of the five Best Picture nominees was $471 million with an average of $94 million per film. 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).
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. 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).
The show received a positive reception from most media outlets. Television critic Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly praised Martin's performance writing, "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." USA Today critic Robert Bianco gave an average review of the telecast but gave high marks for 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." Tom Shales from The Washington Post hailed Martin as "the best Oscar host since Johnny Carson." In addition, he commended 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."
Some media outlets were more critical of the show. Barry Garron of the The Hollywood Reporter bemoaned "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." 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." Television critic John Carman of San Francisco Chronicle lamented, "Even with a rookie host, Steve Martin, the Academy Awards show was long on decorum and disappointingly short on verve."
The American telecast on ABC drew in an average of 42.93 million people over its length, which was a 8% decrease from the previous year's ceremony. An estimated 73.33 million total viewers watched all or part of the awards. The show also earned lower Nielsen ratings compared to the previous ceremony with 25.87% of households watching over a 41.53 share. In addition, it garnered a lower 18–49 demo rating with a 17.80 rating over a 37.35 share among viewers in that demographic.
In July 2001, the ceremony presentation received eight nominations at the 53rd Primetime Emmys. 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).