The 74th Annual Academy Awards® came back to Hollywood after being away for more than 40 years. This year's event took place at the brand new Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. With the return to Hollywood came the return of glamour, with attendees dressing much more sedately than in previous years. Gone were the swan dress and credit card ensembles sported by past attendees and back were actresses and female celebrities wearing elegant dresses in black, red, and beautiful pastels.
The show opened with Tom Cruise talking from the heart about the magic of movies and how the events of September 11th affected the entire world, and the entertainment industry in particular. After a documentary about the impact films have on our lives, four-time Academy Award show host Whoopi Goldberg entered the theatre from a perch high above the crowd - a la Nicole Kidman in "Moulin Rouge." Whoopi's hosting duties were toned down from previous years, and many of the evening's presenters and winners paid tribute to the victims of September 11th and the men and women serving in the armed forces. There was even a moment of silence in honor of the September 11th victims before Kevin Spacey introduced the montage of clips highlighting the careers of entertainment industry professionals who passed away during the year.
The evening wasn't entirely serious; there were quite a few comedic moments including a Costume Designer featurette starring "Zoolander" co-stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, with Stiller dressed as a dwarf from "Lord of the Rings" and Wilson looking like an older Harry Potter. Woody Allen was hysterical as he broke from his long-standing Oscar avoidance and introduced a segment put together by Nora Ephron showcasing movies filmed in New York.
The awards themselves were spread out over a wide number of films, with "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" and "A Beautiful Mind" receiving the most Oscars at four each. "A Beautiful Mind" was named Best Picture and Ron Howard received his first Academy Award as Best Director. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was Jim Broadbent's win as Best Supporting Actor over the heavily favored Ian McKellen. Best Actress winner Halle Berry gave the most emotional speech as she spoke from the heart about what the win meant to her and to African-American actresses. A semi-upset was Denzel Washington's win over "A Beautiful Mind's" Russell Crowe. Many critics had predicted that Washington would beat out the competition so his win wasn't entirely unexpected. Washington's win was only the second time an African-American had won for Best Actor. The other winner, Sidney Poitier, was also honored at the night's ceremony. Poitier delivered one of the most powerful speeches of the evening while accepting a special Honorary Oscar.
The evening came to an end 4 hours and 20 minutes after it began with Whoopi Goldberg thanking the audience and walking offstage while the camera focused on her back. Across the back of her dress were tributes to the New York Fire Department, New York Police Department, Port Authority Police and the K-9 units - a fitting salute to the heroes from 9/11.
Here's a list of all the nominees and winners:
"Gosford Park," Robert Altman, Bob Balaban and David Levy
"In the Bedroom," Graham Leader, Ross Katz and Todd Field
"The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring," Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Barrie M. Osborne
"Moulin Rouge," Martin Brown, Baz Luhrmann and Fred Baron
WINNER: "A Beautiful Mind," Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Russell Crowe, "A Beautiful Mind"
Sean Penn, "I Am Sam"
Will Smith, "Ali"
Tom Wilkinson, "In the Bedroom"
WINNER: Denzel Washington, "Training Day"
Judi Dench, "Iris"
Nicole Kidman, "Moulin Rouge"
Sissy Spacek, "In the Bedroom"
Renee Zellweger, "Bridget Jones's Diary"
WINNER: Halle Berry, "Monster's Ball"
Helen Mirren, "Gosford Park"
Maggie Smith, "Gosford Park"
Marisa Tomei, "In the Bedroom"
Kate Winslet, "Iris"
WINNER: Jennifer Connelly, "A Beautiful Mind"
Ethan Hawke, "Training Day"
Ben Kingsley, "Sexy Beast"
Ian McKellen, "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
Jon Voight, "Ali"
WINNER: Jim Broadment," "Iris"
SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED:
"Ghost World," Written by Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
"In the Bedroom," Screenplay by Rob Festinger and Todd Field
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
"Shrek," Written by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio and Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman
WINNER: "A Beautiful Mind," Written by Akiva Goldsman
SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN:
"Amélie," Screenplay by Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet - Dialogue by Guillaume Laurant
"Memento," Screenplay by Christopher Nolan - Story by Jonathan Nolan
"Monster's Ball," Written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos
"The Royal Tenenbaums," Written by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
WINNER: "Gosford Park," Written by Julian Fellowes
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:
"Black Hawk Down," Ridley Scott
"Gosford Park," Robert Altman
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Peter Jackson
"Mulholland Drive," David Lynch
WINNER: "A Beautiful Mind," Ron Howard
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
"Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius," John A. Davis and Steve Oedekerk
"Monsters, Inc.," Pete Docter and John Lasseter
WINNER: "Shrek," Aron Warner
ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION:
"Amélie," Art Direction: Aline Bonetto - Set Decoration: Marie-Laure Valla
"Gosford Park," Art Direction: Stephen Altman - Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Art Direction: Stuart Craig - Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Art Direction: Grant Major - Set Decoration: Dan Hennah
WINNER: "Moulin Rouge," Art Direction: Catherine Martin - Set Decoration: Brigitte Broch
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:
"Amélie," Bruno Delbonnel
"Black Hawk Down," Slawomir Idziak
"The Man Who Wasn't There," Roger Deakins
"Moulin Rouge," Donald M. McAlpine
WINNER: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Andrew Lesnie
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:
"The Affair of the Necklace," Milena Canonero
"Gosford Park," Jenny Beavan
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Judianna Makovsky
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Ngila Dickson and Richard Taylor
WINNER: "Moulin Rouge," Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
"Children Underground," Edet Belzberg
"LaLee's Kin: The Legacy of Cotton," Susan Froemke
"Promises," Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg
"War Photographer," Christian Frei
WINNER: "Murder on a Sunday Morning," Jean-Xavier de Lestrade and Denis Poncet
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:
"Artists and Orphans: A True Drama," Lianne Klapper McNally
"Sing!" Freida Lee Mock and Jessica Sanders
WINNER: "Thoth," Sarah Kernochan and Lynn Appelle
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING:
"A Beautiful Mind," Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," John Gilbert
"Memento," Dody Dorn
"Moulin Rouge," Jill Bilcock
WINNER: "Black Hawk Down," Pietro Scalia
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
"Son of the Bride," Argentina
WINNER: "No Man's Land," Bosnia & Herzegovina
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP:
"A Beautiful Mind," Greg Cannom and Colleen Callaghan
"Moulin Rouge," Maurizio Silvi and Aldo Signoretti
WINNER: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Peter Owen and Richard Taylor
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE):
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence," John Williams
"A Beautiful Mind," James Horner
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," John Williams
"Monsters, Inc.," Randy Newman
WINNER: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Howard Shore
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG):
"May It Be" from "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (Enya, Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan)
"There You'll Be" from "Pearl Harbor" (Diane Warren)
"Until" from "Kate & Leopold" (Sting)
"Vanilla Sky" from "Vanilla Sky" (Paul McCartney)
WINNER: "If I Didn't Have You" from "Monster's Inc." (Randy Newman)
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
"Fifty Percent Grey," Ruairi Robinson and Seamus Byrne
"Give Up Yer Aul Sins," Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O'Connell
"Strange Invaders," Cordell Barker
"Stubble Trouble," Joseph E. Merideth
WINNER: "For the Birds," Ralph Eggleston
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
"Copy Shop," Virgil Widrich
"Gregor's Greatest Invention," Johannes Kiefer
"A Man Thing (Meska Sprawa)," Slawomir Fabicki and Bogumil Godfrejow
"Speed for Thespians," Kalman Apple and Shameela Bakhsh
WINNER: "The Accountant," Ray McKinnon and Lisa Blount
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND:
"Amélie," Vincent Arnardi, Guillaume Leriche and Jean Umansky
"The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Gethin Creagh and Hammond Peek
"Moulin Rouge," Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Roger Savage and Guntis Sics
"Pearl Harbor," Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin
WINNER: "Black Hawk Down," Mike Minkler, Myron Nettinga and Chris Munro
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING:
"Monsters, Inc.," Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers
WINNER: "Pearl Harbor," George Watters II and Christopher Boyes
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS:
"A.I. Artificial Intelligence," Dennis Muren, Scott Farrar, Stan Winston and Michael Lantieri
"Pearl Harbor," Eric Brevig, John Frazier, Ed Hirsh and Ben Snow
WINNER: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor and Mark Stetson
JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARD:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: