73rd Academy Awards

The 73rd Academy Awards ceremony was the last 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.

Notable films included Gladiator, which received 12 nominations and 5 awards, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which received 10 nominations and 4 awards.
After a three-year streak of high ratings, the annual ceremony received very 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.

The Icelandic pop singer 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 (see Björk main page). She later used that dress on the cover of her 2001 record album Vespertine.

The 2000 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Gladiator
Actor: Russell Crowe (Gladiator)
Actress: Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)
Supporting Actor: Benicio Del Toro (Traffic)
Supporting Actress: Marcia Gay Harden (Pollock)
Director: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic)
Adapted Screenplay: Stephen Gaghan (Traffic)
Original Screenplay: Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous)
Song: "Things Have Changed" (Wonder Boys)
Score: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Cinematography: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Costume Design: Gladiator
Art / Set Decoration: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Film Editing: Traffic
Foreign Language Film: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan)
Sound: Gladiator
Sound Effects: U-571
Makeup: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Visual Effects: Gladiator
Short Films: Father and Daughter (Animated) / Quiero Ser (I want to be) (Live Action)
Documentaries: Big Mama (Short) / Into the Arms of Strangers (Feature)