72nd Academy Awards
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 the movie American Beauty, which was nominated in 8 categories, and won 5 awards, including Best Picture.
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. 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. 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. 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).
The 1999 Academy Award Winners
Picture: American Beauty
Actor: Kevin Spacey
Actress: Hilary Swank
Supporting Actor: Michael Caine
Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie
Director: Sam Mendes
Adapted Screenplay: John Irving (The Cider House Rules)
Original Screenplay: Alan Ball (American Beauty)
Song: "You'll Be in My Heart" (Tarzan)
Score: John Corigliano (The Red Violin)
Cinematography: Conrad L. Hall (American Beauty)
Costume Design: Lindy Hemming (Topsy-Turvy)
Art / Set Decoration: Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow)
Film Editing: Zach Staenberg (The Matrix)
Foreign Language Film: All About My Mother (Spain)
Sound: John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, David Campbell, and David Lee (The Matrix)
Visual Effects: John Gaeta, Janek Sirrs, Steve Courtley, and Jon Thum (The Matrix)
Short Films: The Old Man and the Sea (Animated) / My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York (Live Action)
Documentaries: King Gimp (Short) / One Day in September (Feature)
The seventy-second Academy Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, March 26, 2000 at the Shrine Auditorium. Disaster struck the Academy Awards even before they started this year. On March 8, the Oscars were stolen while in transit to the Academy. Just a week before the event, the Oscars were found by Willie Fulgear in the trash behind a laundromat. Billy Crystal hosted the event.