76th Academy Awards

The 76th Academy Awards ceremony honored the best films of 2003 and was broadcast from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California on ABC beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST/8:30 p.m. EST, February 29, 2004 (01:30 March 1 UTC). The show was produced by Joe Roth and was hosted for the eighth time by comedian Billy Crystal.

The nominees were announced on January 27 at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC) by Academy president Frank Pierson and actress Sigourney Weaver, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept all 11 categories in which it was nominated. It matched the record 11 wins of Titanic and Ben-Hur and beat the previous record of Gigi and The Last Emperor for the largest sweep of every nominated category, both of which had achieved nine-for-nine.

The big contenders for the 76th Academy Awards (for the best achievement in film in 2003) included The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Lost in Translation, and in the highly competitive Best Actor category, with strong work from Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Jude Law. Penn eventually won the award, after failing three previous nominations.

The 2003 Academy Award Winners

Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Actor: Sean Penn (Mystic River)
Actress: Charlize Theron (Monster)
Supporting Actor: Tim Robbins (Mystic River)
Supporting Actress: Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)
Director: Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Adapted Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Original Screenplay: Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation)
Song: "Into the West" (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Score: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Cinematography: Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World
Costume Design: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Art / Set Decoration: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Film Editing: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Foreign Language Film: The Barbarian Invasions
Animated Feature Film: Finding Nemo
Sound Editing: Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World
Sound Mixing: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Makeup: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Visual Effects: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Short Films: Harvie Krumpet (Animated) / Two Soldiers (Live-Action)
Documentaries: Chernobyl Heart (Short) / The Fog of War (Feature)