This is the first time a movie that isn't a historical epic (American Beauty) has won "Best Picture" since 1991.
At 256 minutes (4 hours and 26 minutes), this is the longest Oscars ceremony.
As Annette Bening did not win in the Best Actress award, American Beauty failed to sweep the top five awards. It won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor.
Cher: OK, you've probably noticed I am dressed like a grown-up. I'd like to apologize to the Academy, and I promise I will never do it again.
Billy Crystal: Welcome to Oscar 2000, or as ABC calls it, Regis's night off.
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.
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).