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72nd Academy Awards
72nd Awards poster
 
Date March 26, 2000
Site Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California
Host Billy Crystal
Highlights
Best Picture American Beauty
Most wins American Beauty (5)
Most nominations American Beauty (8)
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The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony, which honored the best achievements in film in 1999, was held on March 26, 2000 at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. It was Billy Crystal's seventh time hosting the Awards.

The Academy Awards ceremony was dominated by two films. The first was American Beauty, which was nominated in 8 categories and won 5 awards, including Best Picture. The other film, The Matrix, despite not being nominated for Best Picture, won 4 awards. Notably, this broadcast was the first Academy Awards ceremony broadcast to receive a TV Parental Guidelines rating of TV-14, in part due to the showing of many American Beauty clips featuring scenes of sex, innuendo, and violence. Despite its containing an offensive word, the Oscar-nominated song "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was performed, with performer Robin Williams cleverly "hiding" the word; he also added a line riffing Celine Dion from a second rendition of the song later in the movie. The first Oscar show to be rated under the TV Parental Guidelines was the 69th Academy Awards, broadcast in 1997, but it was rated TV-PG (Parental Guidance). It was also the first Academy Awards ceremony—and the first major awards ceremony—to be telecast in high-definition. ABC chose to air the Oscars in 720p format.

Nominees and Winners

Picture

See also: Best Picture

Winner
American BeautyBruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
Nominees
The Cider House RulesRichard N. Gladstein
The Green MileDavid Valdes, Frank Darabont
The InsiderMichael Mann, Pieter Jan Brugge
The Sixth SenseFrank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Barry Mendel

Actor in a Leading Role

See also: Best Actor

Winner
Kevin SpaceyAmerican Beauty
Nominees
Russel CroweThe Insider
Richard FarnsworthThe Straight Story
Sean PennSweet and Lowdown
Denzel WashingtonThe Hurricane

Actress in a Leading Role

See also: Best Actress

Winner
Hillary SwankBoys Don't Cry
Nominees
Annette BeningAmerican Beauty
Janet McTeerTumbleweeds
Julianne MooreThe End of the Affair
Meryl StreepMusic of the Heart

Actor in a Supporting Role

See also: Best Supporting Actor

Winner
Michael CaineThe Cider House Rules
Nominees
Tom CruiseMagnolia
Michael Clarke DuncanThe Green Mile
Jude LawThe Talented Mr. Ripley
Haley Joel OsmentThe Sixth Sense

Actress in a Supporting Role

See also: Best Supporting Actress

Winner
Angelina JolieGirl, Inturrupted
Nominees
Toni ColletteThe Sixth Sense
Catherine KeenerBeing John Malkovich
Samantha MortonSweet and Lowdown
Chloë SevignyBoys Don't Cry

Art Direction

See also: Best Art Direction

Winner
Sleepy HollowRick Heinrichs, Peter Young
Nominees
Anna and the KingLuciana Arrighi, Ian Whittaker
The Cider House RulesDavid Gropman, Beth Rubino
The Talented Mr. RipleyRoy Walker, Bruno Cesari
Topsy-TurvyEve Stewart, Eve Stewart, John Bush

Cinematography

See also: Best Cinematography

Winner
American BeautyConrad L. Hall
Nominees
The End of the AffairRoger Pratt
The InsiderDante Spinotti
Sleepy HollowEmmanuel Lubezki
Snow Falling on CedarsRobert Richardson

Costume Design

See also: Best Costume Design

Winner
Topsy-TurvyLindy Hemming
Nominees
Anna and the KingJenny Beavan
Sleepy HollowColleen Atwood
The Talented Mr. RipleyAnn Roth, Gary Jones
TitusMilena Canonero

Directing

See also: Best Director

Winner
American BeautySam Mendes
Nominees
Being John MalkovichSpike Jonze
The Cider House RulesLasse Hallström
The InsiderMichael Mann
The Sixth SenseM. Night Shyamalan

Documentary (Feature)

See also: Best Documentary Feature

Winner
One Day in SeptemberArthur Cohn, Kevin Macdonald
Nominees
Buena Vista Social ClubWim Wenders, Ulrich Felsberg
Genghis BluesRoko Belic, Adrian Belic
On the RopesNanette Burstein, Brett Morgen
Speaking in StringsPaola di Florio, Lilibet Foster

Documentary (Short Subject)

See also: Best Documentary Short

Winner
King GimpSusan Hannah Hadary, William A. Whiteford
Nominees
EyewitnessBert Van Bork
The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison RodeoSimeon Soffer, Jonathan Stack

Film Editing

See also: Best Film Editing

Winner
The MatrixZach Staenberg
Nominees
American BeautyTariq Anwar, Christopher Greenbury
The Cider House RulesLisa Zeno Churgin
The InsiderWilliam Goldenberg, Paul Rubell, David Rosenbloom
The Sixth SenseAndrew Mondshein

Foreign Language Film

See also: Best Foreign Language Film

Winner
All About My MotherSpain
Nominees
CaravanNepal
East-WestFrance
Solomon and GaenorUnited Kingdom
Under the SunSweden

Makeup

See also: Best Makeup

Winner
Topsy-TurvyChristine Blundell, Trefor Proud
Nominees
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeMichèle Burke, Mike Smithson
Bicentennial ManGreg Cannom
LifeRick Baker

Music (Original Score)

See also: Best Original Score

Winner
The Red ViolinJohn Corigliano
Nominees
American BeautyThomas Newman
Angela's AshesJohn Williams
The Cider House RulesRachel Portman
The Talented Mr. RipleyGabriel Yared

Music (Original Song)

See also: Best Original Song

Winner
"You'll Be In My Heart" from TarzanPhil Collins
Nominees
"Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & UncutTrey Parker, Marc Shaiman
"Music of My Heart" from Music of the HeartDiane Warren
"Save Me" from MagnoliaAimee Mann
"When She Loved Me" from Toy Story 2Randy Newman

Short Film (Animated)

See also: Best Animated Short

Winner
The Old Man and the SeaAleksandr Petrov
Nominees
HumdrumPeter Peake
My Grandmother Ironed the King's ShirtsTorill Kove
3 MissesPaul Driessen
When the Day BreaksWendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis

Short Film (Live Action)

See also: Best Live Action Short

Winner
My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New YorkBarbara Schock, Tammy Tiehel
Nominees
Bror, Min Bror (Teis and Nico)Henrik Ruben Genz, Michael W. Horsten
Killing JoeMehdi Norowzian, Steve Wax
Kleingeld (Small Change)Marc-Andreas Bochert, Gabriele Lins
Major and Minor MiraclesMarcus Olsson

Sound

See also: Best Sound

Winner
The MatrixJohn Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, David Campbell, David Lee
Nominees
The Green MileRobert J. Litt, Elliot Tyson, Michael Herbick, Willie D. Burton
The InsiderAndy Nelson, Doug Hemphill, Lee Orloff
The MummyLeslie Shatz, Chris Carpenter, Rick Kline, Chris Munro
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceGary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Shawn Murphy, John Midgley

Sound Effects Editing

See also: Best Sound Effects Editing

Winner
The MatrixDane A. Davis
Nominees
Fight ClubRen Klyce, Richard Hymns
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceBen Burtt, Tom Bellfort

Visual Effects

See also: Best Visual Effects

Winner
The MatrixJohn Gaeta, Janek Sirrs, Steve Courtley, Jon Thum
Nominees
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom MenaceJohn Knoll, Dennis Muren, Scott Squires, Rob Coleman
Stuart LittleJohn Dykstra, Jerome Chen, Henry F. Anderson III, Eric Allard

Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)

See also: Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner
The Cider House RulesJohn Irving
Nominees
ElectionAlexander Payne, Jim Taylor
The Green MileFrank Darabont
The InsiderEric Roth, Michael Mann
The Talented Mr. RipleyAnthony Minghella

Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)

See also: Best Original Screenplay

Winner
American BeautyAlan Ball
Nominees
Being John MalkovichCharlie Kaufman
MagnoliaPaul Thomas Anderson
The Sixth SenseM. Night Shyamalan
Topsy-TurvyMike Leigh

Non-Competitive and Honorary Awards

Honorary Award

See also: Academy Honorary Award

Winner
To Andrzej Wajda in recognition of five decades of extraordinary film direction.
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Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

See also: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Winner
Warren Beatty
Nominees
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Gordon E. Sawyer Award

See also: Gordon E. Sawyer Award

Winner
Roderick T. Ryan
Nominees
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