73rd Academy Awards

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73rd Academy Awards
Oscars ceremony poster 73.jpg
Date Sunday, March 25, 2001
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
Host Steve Martin
Producer Gil Cates
Director Louis J. Horvitz
Best Picture Gladiator
Most awards Gladiator (5)
Most nominations Gladiator (12)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 23 minutes
Ratings 42.93 million
25.93% (Nielsen ratings)
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The 73rd Academy Awards honored the best films of 2000 and was held on March 25, 2001. The ceremony, which was telecast in the United States by ABC, was produced by Gil Cates and directed by Louis J. Horvitz. It was the last Academy Awards to take place at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium. It was hosted by first-time host Steve Martin, who was nominated for an Emmy Award for his presentation.

After a three-year streak of high ratings, the annual ceremony received low ratings for the first time in four years. This is partially due to the popularity of CBS's Survivor which was number one on the Nielsen Weekly Ratings. The awards show dropped to second place for the first time in broadcasting history (42.93 million viewers; with 21.1% of households watching). The second time the ceremony placed below the top happened in 2003 when it was surpassed by American Idol.

Björk arrived in a gown with a fake swan draped across her. It caused an audience reaction that led to several comments by those participating in the Awards Ceremony. She later used that dress on the cover of her 2001 record album Vespertine. Julia Roberts's black and white Valentino dress has been highlighted as one of the greatest Oscar dresses.

Winners and nominees

Steven Soderbergh, Best Director winner
Russel Crowe, Best Actor winner
Julia Roberts, Best Actress winner
Benicio del Toro, Best Supporting Actor winner
Marcia Gay Harden, Best Supporting Actress winner
Rick Baker, Best Makeup co-winner
Stephen Mirrione, Best Film Editing winner

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 12 nominations, the most of the year, followed by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which received 10 nominations (which became the record for the most nominations for a foreign language film). As of 2014, Erin Brockovich is the last film to be released before May to be nominated for Best Picture, it was released in the month of March.

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 25, 2001. Gladiator took home 5 awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Russell Crowe (a combination that would not be repeated until 2010 where The King's Speech and Colin Firth would repeat it). For the 19th time in history, the Best Picture and Best Director awards went to different films, with Traffic taking home the latter award along with three others. Traffic became the first film since Jaws to be nominated for Best Picture and to take home all of the Oscars it was nominated for except Best Picture. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon tied with Fanny and Alexander with most wins by a foreign language film with 4.


Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface1

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Award

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

  • Irwin W. Young

Multiple nominations and awards

In Memoriam

John Travolta presented a list of those involved in films who had passed on in the previous year. Those featured included:



Ceremony information

Box office performance of nominees

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) were nominated for directing, acting, screenwriting, Best Foreign Language Film, 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).

See also


  1. ^ "The 73rd Academy Awards (2001) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 

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