The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King became the first fantasy film ever to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King became the third Best Picture awardee to win in all the categories it was nominated in. The first two were Gigi in 1959 and The Last Emperor in 1988.
Billy Crystal: It was 13 years ago when I first hosted the Academy Awards, and things sure have changed since then. George Bush was President, the economy was tanking, and we had just finished a war with Iraq. Yeah, things really have changed.
Billy Crystal: I voted for Seabiscuit for Best Costume Design. That's the most realistic horse costume I've ever seen.
The program won an Emmy Award forOutstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.
Starting this year, the Academy Awards were moved from the third Sunday in March to the third Sunday in February.