2001 Oscars 73rd Academy Awards

2001 Oscars 73rd Academy Awards

  • Winners Announced: March 25, 2001
  • Held at: Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, California
  • Host: Steve Martin
  • Eligibility Year: 2000


  • This was the first time Steve Martin hosted the Oscars, and he was praised for his comedic wit and charming demeanor.
  • Julia Roberts won Best Actress for her role in Erin Brockovich, marking one of the most iconic acceptance speeches in Academy history.
    “I, uh…I have a television, so I’m going to spend some time here to tell you some things. (addressing the conductor) And, and… and sir, you’re doing a great job, but you’re so quick with that stick, so why don’t you sit. ‘Cause I may never be here again.” – Julia Roberts, Best Actress, Erin Brockovich
  • Russell Crowe won Best Actor for Gladiator, which also won Best Picture, turning the historical epic into the star of the night.
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from Taiwan won Best Foreign Language Film and was also nominated for Best Picture, a rarity for foreign films.
  • Icelandic singer Björk made a splash on the red carpet with her infamous swan dress.
  • Benicio Del Toro won Best Supporting Actor for Traffic, while Marcia Gay Harden snagged Best Supporting Actress for her role in Pollock.
    “I won, and I get to scream and jump a little. But I got to go back to work tomorrow.” – Benicio del Toro, Best Supporting Actor, Traffic
  • The Best Director honor went to Steven Soderbergh for Traffic, marking him as one of the most versatile directors in Hollywood.
  • Bob Dylan won the Best Original Song for “Things Have Changed” from the movie Wonder Boys, accepting the award via satellite.
  • In the animated realm, Chicken Run was a critical darling but it was pre-Oscar category for Best Animated Feature, which would be introduced the following year.
  • Art director Tim Yip won Best Art Direction for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, becoming the first person of Chinese descent to win in that category.
  • The Oscars went tech-savvy: this was the first year the Academy Awards were available for online streaming.
  • Angelina Jolie was absent, who had won the Best Supporting Actress award the previous year for Girl, Interrupted. She was filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider at the time.

2001 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Picture:
Gladiator – Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, and Branko Lustig, producers (WINNER)
Chocolat – David Brown, Kit Golden, and Leslie Holleran, producers
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Bill Kong, Hsu Li-kong, and Ang Lee, producers
Erin Brockovich – Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, and Stacey Sher, producers
Traffic – Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, and Laura Bickford, producers
Best Director:
Steven Soderbergh – Traffic (WINNER)
Stephen Daldry – Billy Elliot
Ang Lee – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Steven Soderbergh – Erin Brockovich
Ridley Scott – Gladiator
Best Actor:
Russell Crowe – Gladiator as General Maximus Decimus Meridius (WINNER)
Javier Bardem – Before Night Falls as Reinaldo Arenas
Tom Hanks – Cast Away as Chuck Noland
Ed Harris – Pollock as Jackson Pollock
Geoffrey Rush – Quills as the Marquis de Sade
Best Actress:
Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich as Erin Brockovich (WINNER)
Joan Allen – The Contender as Laine Hanson
Juliette Binoche – Chocolat as Vianne Rocher
Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream as Sara Goldfarb
Laura Linney – You Can Count On Me as Sammy Prescott
Best Supporting Actor:
Benicio del Toro – Traffic as Javier Rodriguez (WINNER)
Jeff Bridges – The Contender as President Jackson Evans
Willem Dafoe – Shadow of the Vampire as Max Schreck
Albert Finney – Erin Brockovich as Edward L. Masry
Joaquin Phoenix – Gladiator as Commodus
Best Supporting Actress:
Marcia Gay Harden – Pollock as Lee Krasner (WINNER)
Judi Dench – Chocolat as Armande Voizin
Kate Hudson – Almost Famous as Penny Lane
Frances McDormand – Almost Famous as Elaine Miller
Julie Walters – Billy Elliot as Georgia Wilkinson
Best Original Screenplay:
Almost Famous – Cameron Crowe (WINNER)
Billy Elliot – Lee Hall
Erin Brockovich – Susannah Grant
Gladiator – David Franzoni, John Logan, and William Nicholson
You Can Count On Me – Kenneth Lonergan
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Traffic – Stephen Gaghan based on the British TV series Traffik created by Simon Moore (WINNER)
Chocolat – Robert Nelson Jacobs based on the novel by Joanne Harris
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – James Schamus, Hui-Ling Wang, and Kuo Jung Tsai based on the book by Wang Dulu
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen based on the Odyssey by Homer
Wonder Boys – Steve Kloves based on the novel by Michael Chabon
Best Foreign Language Film:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan) in Mandarin – Ang Lee (WINNER)
Amores Perros (Mexico) in Spanish – Alejandro González Iñárritu
Divided We Fall (Czech Republic) in Czech – Jan Hrebejk
Everybody’s Famous! (Belgium) in Dutch and English – Dominique Deruddere
The Taste of Others (France) in French – Agnès Jaoui
Best Documentary Feature:
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport – Mark Jonathan Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer (WINNER)
Legacy – Tod Lending
Long Night’s Journey into Day – Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffmann
Scottsboro: An American Tragedy – Barak Goodman and Daniel Anker
Sound and Fury – Josh Aronson and Roger Weisberg
Best Documentary Short:
Big Mama – Tracy Seretean (WINNER)
Curtain Call – Chuck Braverman and Steve Kalafer
Dolphins – Greg MacGillivray and Alec Lorimore
The Man on Lincoln’s Nose – Daniel Raim
On Tiptoe: Gentle Steps to Freedom – Eric Simonson and Leelai Demoz
Best Live Action Short Film:
Quiero ser (I want to be…) – Florian Gallenberger (WINNER)
By Courier – Peter Riegert and Ericka Frederick
One Day Crossing – Joan Stein and Christina Lazaridi
Seraglio – Gail Lerner and Colin Campbell
A Soccer Story – Paulo Machline
Best Animated Short Film:
Father and Daughter – Michaël Dudok de Wit (WINNER)
Periwig Maker – Steffen Schäffler and Annette Schäffler
Rejected – Don Hertzfeldt
Best Original Score:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Tan Dun (WINNER)
Chocolat – Rachel Portman
Gladiator – Hans Zimmer
Malèna – Ennio Morricone
The Patriot – John Williams
Best Original Song:
“Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys – Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan (WINNER)
“A Fool In Love” from Meet the Parents – Music and Lyrics by Randy Newman
“I’ve Seen It All” from Dancer in the Dark – Music by Björk; Lyrics by Lars von Trier and Sjon Sigurdsson
“A Love Before Time” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Music by Jorge Calandrelli and Tan Dun; Lyrics by James Schamus
“My Funny Friend and Me” from The Emperor’s New Groove – Music by Sting and David Hartley; Lyrics by Sting
Best Sound Editing:
U-571 – Jon Johnson (WINNER)
Space Cowboys – Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
Best Sound:
Gladiator – Scott Millan, Bob Beemer, and Ken Weston (WINNER)
Cast Away – Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis Sands, and William B. Kaplan
The Patriot – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, and Lee Orloff
The Perfect Storm – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, David Campbell, and Keith A. Wester
U-571 – Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Rick Kline, and Ivan Sharrock
Best Art Direction:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Art Direction and Set Decoration: Timmy Yip (WINNER)
Gladiator – Art Direction: Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Crispian Sallis
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Art Direction: Michael Corenblith; Set Decoration: Merideth Boswell
Quills – Art Direction: Martin Childs; Set Decoration: Jill Quertier
Vatel – Art Direction: Jean Rabasse; Set Decoration: Françoise Benoît-Fresco
Best Cinematography:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Peter Pau (WINNER)
Gladiator – John Mathieson
Malèna – Lajos Koltai
O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Roger Deakins
The Patriot – Caleb Deschanel
Best Makeup:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Rick Baker and Gail Rowell-Ryan (WINNER)
The Cell – Michèle Burke and Edouard Henriques
Shadow of the Vampire – Ann Buchanan and Amber Sibley
Best Costume Design:
Gladiator – Janty Yates (WINNER)
102 Dalmatians – Anthony Powell
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Timmy Yip
How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Rita Ryack
Quills – Jacqueline West
Best Film Editing:
Traffic – Stephen Mirrione (WINNER)
Almost Famous – Joe Hutshing and Saar Klein
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Tim Squyres
Gladiator – Pietro Scalia
Wonder Boys – Dede Allen
Best Visual Effects:
Gladiator – John Nelson, Neil Corbould, Tim Burke, and Rob Harvey (WINNER)
Hollow Man – Scott E. Anderson, Craig Hayes, Scott Stokdyk, and Stan Parks
The Perfect Storm – Stefen Fangmeier, Habib Zargarpour, John Frazier, and Walt Conti
Academy Honorary Awards:
Jack Cardiff
Ernest Lehman
Irving G. Thalberg Award:
Dino De Laurentiis