2000 Oscars 72nd Academy Awards

2000 Oscars 72nd Academy Awards

  • Winners Announced: March 26, 2000
  • Held at: Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, California
  • Host: Billy Crystal
  • Eligibility Year: 1999


  • American Beauty dominated the awards, winning five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sam Mendes, and Best Actor for Kevin Spacey.
  • This was the last time Billy Crystal hosted the Oscars before returning 12 years later in 2012.
  • The Matrix made a strong showing in the technical categories, picking up four awards for Editing, Sound, Sound Effects Editing, and Visual Effects.
  • This Oscars event was infamous for the “He stole my Oscar!” moment when a man took Angelina Jolie’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar from a table during the post-show Governors Ball.
  • Hilary Swank won the Best Actress award for Boys Don’t Cry beating Annette Bening, who was a strong favorite for her role in American Beauty.
  • Pedro Almodóvar’s All About My Mother won for Best Foreign Language Film, adding to the director’s global recognition.
  • The Best Documentary Feature went to One Day in September, which detailed the tragic events surrounding the Munich Olympics in 1972.
  • Phil Collins won Best Original Song for “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan, echoing his Grammy win for the same song.
  • Michael Caine, winning Best Supporting Actor for The Cider House Rules, delivered one of the most emotional speeches of the night, paying tribute to his fellow nominees.
  • In a rare event, the ceremony had a tie in the Best Sound Editing category, with both The Matrix and Fight Club taking home the award.

2000 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Picture:
American Beauty – Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks, producers (WINNER)
The Cider House Rules – Richard N. Gladstein, producer
The Green Mile – Frank Darabont and David Valdes, producers
The Insider – Pieter Jan Brugge and Michael Mann, producers
The Sixth Sense – Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Barry Mendel, producers
Best Director:
Sam Mendes – American Beauty (WINNER)
Spike Jonze – Being John Malkovich
Lasse Hallström – The Cider House Rules
Michael Mann – The Insider
M. Night Shyamalan – The Sixth Sense
Best Actor:
Kevin Spacey – American Beauty as Lester Burnham (WINNER)
Russell Crowe – The Insider as Jeffrey Wigand
Richard Farnsworth – The Straight Story as Alvin Straight
Sean Penn – Sweet and Lowdown as Emmet Ray
Denzel Washington – The Hurricane as Rubin Carter
Best Actress:
Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry as Brandon Teena (WINNER)
Annette Bening – American Beauty as Carolyn Burnham
Janet McTeer – Tumbleweeds as Mary Jo Walker
Julianne Moore – The End of the Affair as Sarah Miles
Meryl Streep – Music of the Heart as Roberta Guaspari
Best Supporting Actor:
Michael Caine – The Cider House Rules as Dr. Wilbur Larch (WINNER)
Tom Cruise – Magnolia as Frank T.J. Mackey
Michael Clarke Duncan – The Green Mile as John Coffey
Jude Law – The Talented Mr. Ripley as Dickie Greenleaf
Haley Joel Osment – The Sixth Sense as Cole Sear
Best Supporting Actress:
Angelina Jolie – Girl, Interrupted as Lisa Rowe (WINNER)
Toni Collette – The Sixth Sense as Lynn Sear
Catherine Keener – Being John Malkovich as Maxine Lund
Samantha Morton – Sweet and Lowdown as Hattie
Chloë Sevigny – Boys Don’t Cry as Lana Tisdel
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen:
American Beauty – Alan Ball (WINNER)
Being John Malkovich – Charlie Kaufman
Magnolia – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Sixth Sense – M. Night Shyamalan
Topsy-Turvy – Mike Leigh
Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published:
The Cider House Rules – John Irving based on his novel (WINNER)
Election – Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor from the novel by Tom Perrotta
The Green Mile – Frank Darabont adapted from the novel by Stephen King
The Insider – Eric Roth and Michael Mann based on the Vanity Fair article “The Man Who Knew Too Much” by Marie Brenner
The Talented Mr. Ripley – Anthony Minghella adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith
Best Foreign Language Film:
All About My Mother (Spain) in Spanish – Pedro Almodóvar (WINNER)
East/West (France) in French – Régis Wargnier
Himalaya (Nepal) in Nepalese – Éric Valli
Solomon & Gaenor (United Kingdom) in Welsh – Paul Morrison
Under the Sun (Sweden) in Swedish – Colin Nutley
Best Documentary Feature:
One Day in September – Arthur Cohn and Kevin Macdonald (WINNER)
Buena Vista Social Club – Wim Wenders and Ulrich Felsberg
Genghis Blues – Roko Belic and Adrian Belic
On the Ropes – Nanette Burstein and Brett Morgen
Speaking in Strings – Paola di Florio and Lilibet Foster
Best Documentary Short Subject:
King Gimp – Susan Hannah Hadary and William A. Whiteford (WINNER)
Eyewitness – Bert Van Bork
The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo – Simeon Soffer and Jonathan Stack
Best Live Action Short Film:
My Mother Dreams the Satan’s Disciples in New York – Barbara Schock and Tammy Tiehel (WINNER)
Bror, Min Bror – Henrik Ruben Genz and Michael W. Horsten
Killing Joe – Mehdi Norowzian and Steve Wax
Kleingeld – Marc-Andreas Bochert and Gabriele Lins
Major and Minor Miracles – Marcus Olsson
Best Animated Short Film:
The Old Man and the Sea – Alexander Petrov (WINNER)
3 Misses – Paul Driessen
Humdrum – Peter Peake
My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts – Torill Kove
When the Day Breaks – Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis
Best Original Score:
The Red Violin – John Corigliano (WINNER)
American Beauty – Thomas Newman
Angela’s Ashes – John Williams
The Cider House Rules – Rachel Portman
The Talented Mr. Ripley – Gabriel Yared
Best Original Song:
“You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan – Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins (WINNER)
“Blame Canada” from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut – Music and Lyrics by Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman
“Music of My Heart” from Music of the Heart – Music and Lyrics by Diane Warren
“Save Me” from Magnolia – Music and Lyrics by Aimee Mann
“When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2 – Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
Best Sound Effects Editing:
The Matrix – Dane Davis (WINNER)
Fight Club – Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – Ben Burtt and Tom Bellfort
Best Sound:
The Matrix – John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, David E. Campbell and David Lee (WINNER)
The Green Mile – Robert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbick and Willie D. Burton
The Insider – Andy Nelson, Doug Hemphill and Lee Orloff
The Mummy – Leslie Shatz, Chris Carpenter, Rick Kline and Chris Munro
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Shawn Murphy and John Midgley
Best Art Direction:
Sleepy Hollow – Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs; Set Decoration: Peter Young (WINNER)
Anna and the King – Art Direction: Luciana Arrighi; Set Decoration: Ian Whittaker
The Cider House Rules – Art Direction: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Beth Rubino
The Talented Mr. Ripley – Art Direction: Roy Walker; Set Decoration: Bruno Cesari
Topsy-Turvy – Art Direction: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Eve Stewart and John Bush
Best Cinematography:
American Beauty – Conrad Hall (WINNER)
The End of the Affair – Roger Pratt
The Insider – Dante Spinotti
Sleepy Hollow – Emmanuel Lubezki
Snow Falling on Cedars – Robert Richardson
Best Makeup:
Topsy-Turvy – Christine Blundell and Trefor Proud (WINNER)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – Michèle Burke and Mike Smithson
Bicentennial Man – Greg Cannom
Life – Rick Baker
Best Costume Design:
Topsy-Turvy – Lindy Hemming (WINNER)
Anna and the King – Jenny Beavan
Sleepy Hollow – Colleen Atwood
The Talented Mr. Ripley – Ann Roth and Gary Jones
Titus – Milena Canonero
Best Film Editing:
The Matrix – Zach Staenberg (WINNER)
American Beauty – Tariq Anwar and Christopher Greenbury
The Cider House Rules – Lisa Zeno Churgin
The Insider – William Goldenberg, Paul Rubell and David Rosenbloom
The Sixth Sense – Andrew Mondshein
Best Visual Effects:
The Matrix – John Gaeta, Janek Sirrs, Steve Courtley and Jon Thum (WINNER)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace – John Knoll, Dennis Muren, Scott Squires and Rob Coleman
Stuart Little – John Dykstra, Jerome Chen, Henry F. Anderson III and Eric Allard
Academy Honorary Award:
Andrzej Wajda
Irving G. Thalberg Award:
Warren Beatty