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|76th Academy Awards|
|Date||Sunday, February 29, 2004|
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
|Best Picture||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King|
|Most awards||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (11)|
|Most nominations||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 5 minutes|
26.68 (Nielsen ratings)
The 76th Academy Awards ceremony honored 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 both Sean Penn and Bill Murray, amongst the other nominees. Penn eventually won the award, his first; he had previously lost the Oscar three times. (He would later win Best Actor again in 2008, for Milk.)
For this awards season, the Motion Picture Association of America initially banned distribution of screeners to Academy members, citing fears of piracy. After a judge overturned the ban, some studios rushed out screeners to Academy members. The MPAA later ended the ban after requiring all recipients to sign binding anti-piracy contracts.
Billy Crystal returned for the eighth time to host the presentation. His opening monologue poked fun at the change (or lack thereof) between the time he had hosted the ceremony in 1991, and the current one: "Things were so different then. You know how different it was? Bush was president, the economy was tanking and we'd just finished a war with Iraq."
However, the bulk of Crystal's good-natured barbs—and the comments of many of the presenters and award recipients as well—were directed at New Zealand and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which dominated an evening lacking in surprises. The front-runner (or near front-runner) in every nominated category turned out to be the actual winner, although The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was the first ever film of the fantasy genre to win Best Picture. Despite the lack of "drama" due to an "Obvious Winner" ceremony, the show attracted an audience of 43.56 million, breaking a low-ratings streak which had started back in 2001 due to the popularity of the best picture winner.
The television broadcast on ABC was aired live with a five-second tape delay, possibly because of the Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction controversy during Super Bowl XXXVIII. It was shown live in many other countries around the world (satellite delays notwithstanding). Host Billy Crystal joked during the awards ceremony that Robin Williams was the cause of the 5-second delay.
Jack Black and Will Ferrell finally shed light (and lyrics) on the mysterious song that the orchestra would play whenever a winner would make a speech: It was meant to "shut up" the winner and drive him or her to finish the speech.
Billy Crystal also sang themes to each of the nominees. For Mystic River it was Ol' Man River from Show Boat. For Lost in Translation it was Maria from West Side Story, with director Sofia Coppola's name replacing the title. For The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, it was My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music, and Crystal jokingly apologized to Julie Andrews before the song . For Seabiscuit it was Goldfinger. And finally for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World it was Come Fly with Me.
Mystic River became only the 4th film in Oscar history to have won both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. The other three were Going My Way, Best Years of Our Lives and Ben-Hur. With that said, it is the only one of the four not to win Best Picture.
Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.
|Best Picture||Best Director|
|Best Actor||Best Actress|
|Best Supporting Actor||Best Supporting Actress|
|Best Original Screenplay||Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Best Animated Feature||Best Foreign Language Film|
|Best Documentary Feature||Best Documentary Short|
|Best Live Action Short||Best Animated Short|
|Best Original Score||Best Original Song|
|Best Sound Editing||Best Sound Mixing|
|Best Art Direction||Best Cinematography|
|Best Makeup||Best Costume Design|
|Best Film Editing||Best Visual Effects|
Director Blake Edwards received the Honorary Academy Award for his work on such films as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, and Victor Victoria. The award was presented by Jim Carrey. During Carrey's presentation of the award, the 81-year-old Edwards was seen sitting in a wheelchair backstage, watching the presentation from the wings. When Carrey introduced Edwards, his electric wheelchair appeared to malfunction. The wheelchair, with Edwards, rocketed across the stage at high speed. As Edwards passed Carrey, he snatched his Honorary Oscar from Carrey's hand. The wheelchair then crashed through a wall on the opposite side of the stage. (Although it looked like Edwards in the wheelchair, this pre-arranged stunt was actually performed by veteran stuntman Mickey Gilbert.)
Edwards emerged, covered with dust and plaster, and clutching his award. Jim Carrey helped Edwards to the microphone. "That felt good!" quipped the director, referencing a line frequently used by Clouseau in the Pink Panther films. He concluded his acceptance speech with "My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, the beautiful English broad with the incomparable soprano and promiscuous vocabulary [referring to his wife, Julie Andrews] thanks you, and I sure as hell thank you."
The annual "In Memoriam" tribute was presented by Academy President Frank Pierson, starting with another actor that died in the previous year, Gregory Peck. Peck is followed by a list of Academy members who had also died in the previous year: Wendy Hiller, David Hemmings, Hope Lange, screenwriter George Axelrod, Charles Bronson, Michael Jeter, screenwriter David Newman, Ron O'Neal, Art Carney, director Elia Kazan, documentary filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, Karen Morley, Buddy Ebsen, director John Schlesinger, filmmaker Stan Brakhage, producer Ray Stark, movie trailer innovator Andrew J. Kuehn, John Ritter, Hume Cronyn, Buddy Hackett, composer Michael Kamen, screenwriter John Gregory Dunne, Robert Stack, Alan Bates, Gregory Hines, Jack Elam, Jeanne Crain, Ann Miller, and Donald O'Connor. The music featured a looped version of a segment in "The Love of the Princess" from The Thief of Baghdad.
The following sixteen films received multiple nominations:
The following three films received multiple awards:
|Catherine Zeta-Jones||Best Supporting Actor|
|Ian McKellen||The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Picture Segment|
|Angelina Jolie||Best Art Direction|
|Robin Williams||Best Animated Feature|
|Renée Zellweger||Best Costume Design|
|Nicolas Cage||Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Picture Segment|
|Chris Cooper||Best Supporting Actress|
|Tom Hanks||A Tribute to Bob Hope|
|Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
|Liv Tyler||Song Segments
You Will Be My Ain True Love
The Scarlet Tide
Into the West
Jada Pinkett Smith
|Best Visual Effects|
|Jennifer Garner||The Scientific and Technical Awards|
|Jim Carrey||Honorary Oscar to Blake Edwards|
|Bill Murray||Lost in Translation Picture Segment|
|Scarlett Johansson||Best Makeup|
|Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
|Julia Roberts||A Tribute to Katharine Hepburn|
|Oprah Winfrey||Mystic River Picture Segment|
|Best Documentary Short|
|Best Documentary Feature|
|Frank Pierson||In Memoriam Tribute|
|Best Original Score|
|Best Film Editing|
|Jamie Lee Curtis||Song Segments
A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow
|Best Original Song|
|Charlize Theron||Best Foreign Language Film|
|Francis Ford Coppola
|Best Adapted Screenplay|
|Tobey Maguire||Seabiscuit Picture Segment|
|Best Original Screenplay|
|Tom Cruise||Best Director|
|Adrien Brody||Best Actress|
|Nicole Kidman||Best Actor|
|Steven Spielberg||Best Picture|