The Academy Awards

Season 72 Episode 1

The 72nd Annual Academy Awards

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Aired Unknown Mar 26, 2000 on ABC
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The 72nd Annual Academy Awards
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"The 72nd Annual Academy Awards" were held on March 26, 2000 from the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, California. Sam Mendes' directorial feature film debut tops this year's lineup of films with 8 nominations and 5 wins. The award ceremonies was hosted by comedian Billy Crystal. (Click here to see List of Nominees and Winners.)moreless

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      • This year's ceremony won the Emmy for "Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program".

      • Three weeks before the ceremony, fifty-five Oscar statuettes went missing as they were being shipped from Chicago to Los Angeles. They had last been seen on a Roadway Express shipping dock in Bell, California. Two weeks later, a 61 year-old scrap metal dealer named Willie Fulgear found all but three of the Oscars in a dumpster behind a grocery store near his home. By this time, the Academy had replaced the stolen awards but they gave Mr. Fulgear two tickets to the awards ceremony where he was acknowledged during the show by host Billy Crystal. The Roadway Express shipping company gave Fulgear a reward of $50,000, most of which went missing some time later when his home was robbed. In June, one of the three remaining awards was found by DEA agents in Florida during a drug bust.

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      • Billy Crystal's Opening Skit references the movies; West Side Story (1961), The Graduate (1967), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Deliverance (1972), The Exorcist (1973), E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and American Beauty (1999).

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