The Academy Awards

Season 73 Episode 1

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Mar 25, 2001 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • As an encouragement to keep the this year's awards short, a television was offered to whoever gave the shortest acceptance speech. The TV went to Michael Dudok de Wit (winner of Best Animated Short).

    • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon became the foreign film with the most nominations in Oscar history with 10.

  • Quotes

    • Steven Soderbergh: I want to thank anyone who spends a part of their day creating. I don't care if it's a book, a film, a painting, a dance, a piece of theatre, a piece of music. Anybody, anybody who spends a part of their day sharing their experience with us. I think this world would be unlivable without art and I thank you.

    • Steve Martin: (on prepping the Best Actor category) ... a homosexual poet, a guy who talks with his volleyball, and a man who dresses up in gladiator outfits... but enough about me.

    • Steve Martin: You know, I saw the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and I didn't see any tigers or dragons. Then I realized, it's because they're crouching and hidden.

    • Steve Martin: Let's see, how are we doing on time? Oh, we got five hours!

  • Notes

    • The program won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or Special.

    • The award category for Animated Feature Film was added this year. The first Oscar in this category went to Shrek.

  • Allusions