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The 74th Academy Awards honored the best films of 2001 and were held on March 24 2002, for the first time at the Kodak Theatremarker in Hollywood, Californiamarker. They were hosted by Whoopi Goldberg. The ceremony was historically notable for honoring two African American actors for their Leading Roles.

Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man producer) was executive producer for the first time making her the first woman to solo produce the telecast. She also produced the 2007 telecast. The telecast, which was shown in the United Statesmarker on ABC, is currently the longest to date.

Winners & Nominees

Best Picture

A Beautiful Mind

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Training Day - Denzel Washington

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Monster's Ball - Halle Berry

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Iris - Jim Broadbent

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

A Beautiful Mind - Jennifer Connelly

Best Director

A Beautiful Mind - Ron Howard

Best Original Screenplay

Gosford Park - Julian Fellowes

Best Adapted Screenplay

A Beautiful Mind - Akiva Goldsman

Best Cinematography

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Andrew Lesnie

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Moulin Rouge! - Catherine Martin and Brigitte Broch

Best Costume Design

Moulin Rouge! - Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie

Best Sound

Black Hawk Down - Michael Minkler , Myron Nettinga and Chris Munro

Best Editing

Black Hawk Down - Pietro Scalia

Best Sound Editing

Pearl Harbor - Christopher Boyes and George Watters II

Best Effects, Visual Effects

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Jim Rygiel , Randall William Cook , Richard Taylor and Mark Stetson

Best Makeup

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Peter Owen and Richard Taylor

Best Music, Original Song

Monsters, Inc. - Randy Newman for the song If I Didn't Have You

Best Music, Original Score

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Howard Shore

Best Short Film, Animated

For the Birds

Best Short Film, Live Action

The Accountant

Best Documentary, Short Subjects


Best Documentary, Features

Murder on a Sunday Morning

Best Foreign Language Film

No Man's Land - Bosniamarker

Best Animated Feature



The 74th Academy Awards ceremony was significant for a number of reasons. It saw the return of the Academy Awards celebrations to Hollywoodmarker, after more than forty years away, taking place at the brand new Kodak Theatremarker. As a result of the new facility, the ceremony was the first to be telecasted to domestic audience on ABC in High Definition due the vast capacity for HDTV equipment that the Kodak Theatre could utilize. Instead of a typical scenery, HD screens were used throughout the ceremony much similar to the technologically ambitious design at the 72nd Academy Awards (that was the first time an HD set was used). The visual graphics and idents were designed by Imaginary Forces (who designed graphics for several TV shows such as Ally McBeal and movies such as Mission Impossible) using a 1080i "gold circles" motif consisting of gold circles that panned through the screen or rotated rapidly. The "gold circles" motif was designed in order for viewers at home to able to watch the ceremony in High Definition.

The Oscar ceremony had several young up and coming actors and actresses to present a few of the awards. Among them included Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Hartnett, Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire.

The ceremony drew its lowest ratings since 1996 with an estimated 40.54 million watching and 24.87 households watching.

Furthermore the tone of this show was quieted by the recent occurrence of the attacks on September 11. Just as the 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards were postponed in 2001, many wondered if the Oscars would be postponed as well. Frank Pierson, then president of the Academy stated that the Oscars would proceed as scheduled, and to postpone would mean that "the terrorists have won". However, the red carpet festivities prior to the awards, though not canceled, were severely curtailed as now the availabity of the bleacher seats were determined by a lottery rather than the first come, first serve basis. Also, there were 26 references to the attacks during the telecast.

Moulin Rouge! became the first musical to be nominated for best picture since All That Jazz in 1979, a gap of 22 years. It was also the first best picture nominee (and the last as of 2009) produced in Australia since Babe in 1995.

Special Events

Woody Allen made his first ever appearance at this year's Oscar ceremony to present a tribute to films shot in New York Citymarker, in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centermarker.

There was a tribute to the popular scores for motion pictures in the past 74 years.

Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, who would later win Best Documentary at the 76th Academy Awards, made a short film that was shown during the ceremony. The film shows almost 100 people discussing movies. Those featured range from Laura Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev to Iggy Pop and Lou Reed to Kenneth Arrow (1972 Nobel Laureate in Economics) to Morris' son Hamilton. Morris would again make a short film similar to this one except the subject being the 177 nominees of the 79th Academy Awards five years later (also produced by Zinskin).

Entertainment during one segment of the ceremony was provided by Cirque du Soleil. This was the first time a big lavish production was used since the 61st Academy Awards (infamous for its Rob Lowe/Snow White blunder).

Before the start of every commercial break (except the one after the In Memoriam tribute), famous people ranging from famous actors to athletes to politicians discussed their favorite movie moments.


The ceremony also saw both the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars awarded to African-American actors for the first time in Academy Award history; this, in addition to Sidney Poitier winning the Lifetime Achievement award, led some to dub the ceremony The Bloscars and the "Blackademy Awards". However, some controversy was sparked after Denzel Washington's win. Rumor has it that Russell Crowe was the front runner for the award, which would have marked a second consecutive win for Crowe in the Best Actor category, but a violent episode at the BAFTA ceremony several weeks earlier turned the Academy voters against him.

Randy Newman, who at the time had the distinction of most nominations without winning, would finally break his curse and win the Oscar for Best Song for Monsters Inc.'s "If I Didn't Have You". After receiving an enthusiastic standing ovation, a bemused but emotional Newman began his acceptance speech with "I don't want your pity!"

The 74th Academy Awards would be the first year that the award for Best Animated Feature was presented. According to the rules, at least three animated features have to be widely released in a particular year for the award to appear on the ballot.

Notable Quotations

  • "Forty years I've been chasing Sidney, they finally give it to me. What do they do? They give it to him the same night." - Denzel Washington, accepting his Best Actor award, commenting on Sidney Poitier's honorary Oscar.
  • "For those of you keeping track, the score is Brilliant Mathematicians -2, Hobbits-4." - Whoopi Goldberg, mid-way through the evening, commenting on the race between the two Oscar front-runners that night, A Beautiful Mind and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Both would end up splitting the number of wins.
  • "I love my life." - Julia Roberts, upon opening the Best Actor envelope and seeing the winner was friend Denzel Washington. Roberts was widely criticized for the comment, which was perceived as self-centered and an effort to make the moment "about her" rather than the winner. But this also be noted as Julia being "in the moment" due to the circumstances.

List of Presenters and Performers


Name(s) Role Activity
Glenn Close Announcer Co-Announcer for the 74th Annual Academy Awards with Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland Announcer Co-Announcer for the 74th Annual Academy Awards with Glenn Close
Tom Cruise Presenter Introduced a short film directed by Errol Morris
Whoopi Goldberg Host/Presenter Best Picture segments:In the BedroomGosford ParkThe Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingMoulin Rouge!A Beautiful Mind
Benicio Del Toro Presenter Best Supporting Actress
Frank Pierson Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Special Presentation
Will Smith Presenter Film Editing
Reese WitherspoonRyan Philippe Presenters Make-Up
Owen WilsonBen Stiller Presenters Costume Design
Woody Allen Presenter Introduced a New Yorkmarker Films tribute montage directed by Nora Ephron
Jodie Foster Presenter Cinematography
Helen Hunt Presenter Introduced a Documentary Films tribute montage directed by Penelope Spheeris
Samuel L. Jackson Presenter Documentary FeatureDocumentary Short Subject
Cameron Diaz Presenter Art Direction
Charlize Theron (pre-recorded footage) Presenter Academy Scientific and Technical AwardGordon E. Sawyer Award
Nathan Lane Presenter Animated Feature
Halle Berry Presenter Sound MixingSound Editing
Marcia Gay Harden Presenter Best Supporting Actor
Ian McKellanMaggie Smith Presenters Introduced a special performance by Cirque Du Soleil
Kirsten DunstTobey Maguire Presenters Visual Effects
Ali MacGrawRyan O'Neal Presenters Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Ben Kingsley Presenter Introduced a tribute to Original Scores in Films conducted by John Williams
Sandra BullockHugh Grant Presenters Original Score
Denzel WashingtonWalter Mirisch Presenters Academy Honorary Award (#1)
Naomi WattsHugh Jackman Presenters Live Action Short FilmAnimated Short Film
Josh Hartnett Presenter Introduced Sting, Enya, Randy Newman, John Goodman, Faith Hill and Paul McCartney performing the Best Original Song nominees
Jennifer Lopez Presenter Original Song
Gwyneth PaltrowEthan Hawke Presenters Adapted ScreenplayOriginal Screenplay
John TravoltaSharon Stone Presenters Foreign Language Film
Kevin Spacey Presenter In Memoriam Tribute
Barbra Streisand Presenter Honorary Academy Award (#2)
Russel Crowe Presenter Best Leading Actress
Julia Roberts Presenter Best Leading Actor
Mel Gibson Presenter Best Director
Tom Hanks Presenter Best Picture


In Memoriam

Presented by Kevin Spacey. The Academy first takes a moment of silence to remember those Americans lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks. The audience takes its moment of silence and with that it is then to take a look at those Hollywood icons that died in the previous year: Jack Lemmon, Nigel Hawthorne, Beatrice Straight, Eileen Heckart, Jason Miller, Ann Sothern, Harold Russell, Kim Stanley, director Michael Ritchie, director Ted Demme, director Budd Boetticher, director Hiroshi Teshigihara, director Herbert Ross, producer Julia Phillips, composer Jay Livingston, producer William Hanna, animator Chuck Jones, producer Samuel Z. Arkoff,costume designer Danilo Donati, cinematographer Sacha Vierny, cinematographer John A. Alonzo,Carroll O'Connor, Aaliyah, George Harrison and Anthony Quinn.


Multiple nominations

The following films received multiple nominations.

Multiple awards

The following films received multiple Oscars.


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