76th Academy Awards

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76th Academy Awards



Producer: Joe Roth
Supervising Producer: Michael Seligman Director: Lou Horvitz


3 hours, 40 minutes



The big contenders for the 76th Academy Awards (for the best achievement in film in 2003) included The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Lost in Translation, and in the highly competitive Best Actor category, strong work from Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Bill Murray.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept all 11 categories in which it was nominated. It matched the record 11 wins of Titanic and Ben-Hur and became only the third movie —with nine or more nominations— to sweep every nominated category, following Gigi and The Last Emperor, which both went nine-for-nine.


News and recap

Billy Crystal returned for the eighth time to host the presentation. His opening monologue poked fun at the change (or lack thereof) between the time he had hosted the ceremony in 1991, and the current one: "Things were so different then. You know how different it was? Bush was president, the economy was tanking and we'd just finished a war with Iraq."

However, the bulk of Crystal's good-natured barbs--and the comments of many of the presenters and award recipients as well--were directed at Return of the King, which dominated an evening lacking in surprises. The front-runner (or near front-runner) in every nominated category turned out to be the actual winner.

Sofia Coppola's win for best original screenplay for Lost in Translation made the Coppola family (Carmine, Francis Ford, and Sofia) the second three-generation Academy-Award winning family, after the Hustons (Walter, John, and Anjelica).

The television broadcast on ABC was aired live with a five-second tape delay, possibly because of the Janet Jackson breast-baring Super Bowl incident. It was shown live in many other countries around the world (satellite delays notwithstanding).

Notable quotes

  • "Bush was president, the economy was tanking and we'd just finished a war with Iraq." - Host Billy Crystal, remembering how things were different 13 years ago when he also hosted the Oscars.
  • "Forty years ago, this country went down a rabbit hole in Vietnam — millions died. I fear we're going down the rabbit hole once again." - Errol Morris upon receiving his Best Documentary Oscar for The Fog of War.
  • "I can't wait for his tax audit—scary times." - Host Billy Crystal, in response to documentarian Errol Morris's comment that he fears America in Iraq is "going down a rabbit hole once again."
  • "It's now official — there is nobody left in New Zealand to thank." - Host Billy Crystal, in reference to the numerous awards won by productions from that country.
  • "That felt good." - Blake Edwards, after rolling across the stage in a wheelchair and crashing into a wall.
  • "If there's one thing that actors know —other than there weren't any WMDs— it's that there is no such thing as best in acting." - Sean Penn in his Best Actor acceptance speech.
  • "I'm so honoured and touched and relieved that the Academy and members of the Academy have seen past the trolls and the wizards and the hobbits and are recognising fantasy this year. Fantasy is an 'F' word that hopefully the five second delay won't do anything with." - Peter Jackson, as he received his Oscar for Best Picture.


See also: 76th Academy Awards nominees

Feature Films

Category Winner
Best motion picture TLOR: The Return of the King Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne and Fran Walsh
Best foreign language film The Barbarian Invasions Canada
Best documentary feature The Fog of War Errol Morris and Michael Williams
Best animated feature Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton



Category Winner Movie
Best actor in a leading role Sean Penn Mystic River
Best actress in a leading role Charlize Theron Monster
Best actor in a supporting role Tim Robbins Mystic River
Best actress in a supporting role Renée Zellweger Cold Mountain




Short Films


(Awards won/nominations)

11/11 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2/10 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
2/6 Mystic River
1/7 Cold Mountain
1/4 Finding Nemo
1/4 Lost in Translation
1/2 The Barbarian Invasions
1/1 Monster

Special honors

Blake Edwards received the Honorary Academy Award for his work on such films as Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, Victor/Victoria and the Pink Panther series. Edwards is married to Oscar-winning singer-actress Julie Andrews.

Bob Hope, Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck had special "in memoriam" montages.

See also

External links

Preceded by:
75th Academy Awards
Academy Awards
Succeeded by:
77th Academy Awards

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