72nd Academy Awards

72nd Academy Awards
72nd Academy Awards
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Date Sunday, March 26, 2000
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
Pre-show Tyra Banks
Chris Connelly
Meredith Vieira
Host Billy Crystal
Producer Richard Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck
Director Louis J. Horvitz
Best Picture American Beauty
Most awards American Beauty (5)
Most nominations American Beauty (8)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 4 hours, 4 minutes
Viewership 46.53 million
29.64% (Nielsen ratings)
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The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony (also known as Oscars 2000) took place at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, and was Billy Crystal's seventh time hosting the Awards. The ceremony attracted 46.53 million viewers, an audience 3.7% bigger than the previous ceremony.

The Academy Awards ceremony was dominated by two films. Beginning with American Beauty, which was nominated in 8 categories and won 5 awards, including Best Picture. The other film, The Matrix, which, despite not being nominated for Best Picture, won 4 awards.

Notably, this broadcast was the first Academy Awards ceremony broadcast to receive a television rating system certification of TV-14 (Parents Strongly Cautioned), in part due to the showing of many American Beauty clips featuring scenes of sex, innuendo, and violence.[citation needed] Despite its containing an offensive word, the Oscar-nominated song "Blame Canada" (from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) was performed, with performer Robin Williams cleverly "hiding" the word; he also added a line riffing Celine Dion.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone attended the ceremony wearing pink and green dresses popularized by Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. In a 2005 interview, they claimed to have taken acid on the day of the show.[1] The first Oscar show to have a TV rating was the 69th Academy Awards, broadcast in 1997, but it was rated TV-PG (Parental Guidance).[citation needed]

It was also the first Academy Awards ceremony—and the first major awards ceremony—to be telecast in high-definition. ABC chose to air the Oscars in 720p format.



Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[2]

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
  • King Gimp – Susan Hannah Hadary and William A. Whiteford
    • Eyewitness – Bert Van Bork
    • The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo – Simeon Soffer and Jonathan Stack
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
  • The Matrix – Dane A. Davis
    • Fight Club – Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns
    • Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace – Ben Burtt and Tom Bellfort
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Makeup Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Award

Gordon E. Sawyer Award

  • Dr. Roderick T. Ryan

Multiple nominations and awards

The following seventeen films received multiple nominations:

The following four films received multiple awards:

In Memoriam

Presented by Edward Norton. The Academy remembers those persons involved in films that died in the previous year: Sylvia Sidney, Jim Varney, composer Ernest Gold, Ruth Roman, Henry Jones, director Robert Bresson, Desmond Llewelyn, screenwriter Mario Puzo, producer Allan Carr, Rory Calhoun, screenwriter Frank Tarloff, animator Marc Davis, Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, screenwriter Garson Kanin, director Roger Vadim, Mabel King, Oliver Reed, special effects expert Albert Whitlock, Ian Bannen, screenwriter Abraham Polonsky, Dirk Bogarde, director Edward Dmytryk, Lila Kedrova, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Madeline Kahn and lastly, George C. Scott.


  • This was by far one of the most technically ambitious and expensive Oscar productions ever staged. Conceived by late Production Designer Bob Keene, the stage featured five 40-foot-tall (12 m) video towers each capable of producing imagery independently or one large image when grouped together. This scenic element was used to display images of previous Oscar appearances as presenters took the stage, nomination packages, and even the famous five-box when winners were announced. This show set a precedent for the convergence of video and staging technologies that have become nearly ubiquitous in modern concerts and events. This was the first time the ceremony used High Definition clip masters for nomination packages [1], though the show was not broadcast to the domestic ABC audience in High Definition. The first true HD telecast was in 2002.
  • This was also one of the longest Oscar productions on record clocking in at just over four hours. Twenty-two cameras covered the event for ABC Television, including six jib arms, two steadicams, one akela crane, and for the first time a rail-cam. There were nearly 200 microphones and over 600 moving light fixtures. The show had nine days of rehearsals.
  • It was during rehearsals for this show that the famous Whitney Houston meltdown occurred, leading show producers to replace her at the last minute with her aunt, Dionne Warwick.
  • Producer Joel Gallen of MTV was tapped to produce a hipper preshow that was helmed by Chris Connelly, Tyra Banks and Meredith Vieira and transitioned directly to the show proper without a commercial break in between.
  • This was also the first occurrence of using famous faces to serve as the announcer for the telecast. Actor Peter Coyote handled the duties. Glenn Close and Donald Sutherland would announce the 74th show in 2002.
  • This was the first time a woman held the title of producer on an Oscar telecast. Producer Laura Ziskin would helm the show in 2002 and 2007.
  • Had the Award for Best Lead Actress gone to Annette Bening instead of Hilary Swank, then American Beauty would have been the fourth film to win all five major oscars.
  • As of 2011 this is the last Oscars where only 2 of the nominations for Best Picture took home any Oscars.




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