This is the first year where the top acting honors went to two African - Americans (Denzel Washington and Halle Berry). It was also the first year where two African - Americans were nominated for Best Actor in the same year (Denzel Washington and Will Smith).
Woody Allen made his very first appearance at the Oscars this year despite being nominated for 16 Academy Awards in his career. He had been invited many times but never attended even when he won. But he said he could not refuse in light of the tragedy of September 11th, so he came to say a few words and introduce a tribute to New York on film.
Denzel Washington: Forty years I've been chasing Sidney Poitier, they finally give it to me. What do they do? They give to him the same night.
The program won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography.
This year's event, which lasted four hours and 23 minutes, became the longest ceremony in Oscar history.
New addition: Best Animated Feature.
The Oscars are moved from Monday to Sunday.