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75th Academy Awards
Date Sunday, March 23, 2003
Site Kodak Theatre
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Preshow Jann Carl
Chris Connelly
Shaun Robinson
Host Steve Martin
Producer Gil Cates
Director Louis J. Horvitz
Best Picture Chicago
Most awards Chicago (6)
Most nominations Chicago (13)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 30 minutes
Viewership 33.04 million
20.58 (Nielsen ratings)
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The 75th Academy Awards honored the best films of 2002, were held on March 23, 2003, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. It was produced by Gil Cates and hosted for the second time by Steve Martin.

The nominees were announced on February 11, 2003, by Academy president Frank Pierson and actress Marisa Tomei, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academy's Beverly Hills headquarters.

Chicago led the nominations with thirteen. The film went on to win six Oscars including Best Picture, the first musical to win this category since Oliver! in 1968.

Adrien Brody, at age 29, became the youngest ever recipient of the Best Actor Award for his role in The Pianist.


Winners & Nominees

Best Picture


Best Actor in a Leading Role

The Pianist - Adrien Brody

Best Actress in a Leading Role

The Hours - Nicole Kidman

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Adaptation. - Chris Cooper

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Chicago - Catherine Zeta-Jones

Best Director

The Pianist - Roman Polanski

Best Original Screenplay

Talk to Her - Pedro Almodóvar

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Pianist - Ronald Harwood

Best Cinematography

Road to Perdition - Conrad L. Hall

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Chicago - John Mhyre and Gordon Sim

Best Costume Design

Chicago - Colleen Atwood

Best Sound

Chicago - Michael Minkler , David Lee and Dominick Tavella

Best Editing

Chicago - Martin Walsh

Best Sound Editing

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Mike Hopkins and Ethan Van der Ryn

Best Visual Effects

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Jim Rygiel , Randall William Cook , Alex Funke and Joe Letteri

  • Spider-Man - John Dykstra , Scott Stokdyk , Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier
  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones - Rob Coleman , Pablo Helman , John Knoll and Ben Snow

Best Makeup

Frida - John E. Jackson and Beatrice De Alba

Best Music, Original Song

8 Mile - Marshall Mathers , Jeff Bass and Luis Resto for the song Lose Yourself

Best Music, Original Score

Frida - Elliot Goldenthal

Best Short Film, Animated

The ChubbChubbs!

Best Short Film, Live Action

This Charming Man

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Twin Towers

Best Documentary, Features

Bowling for Columbine

Best Foreign Language Film

Nowhere in Africa - Germany

Best Animated Feature

Spirited Away

Special Honors

Award Winner Field
Academy Honorary Award Peter O'Toole Acting

Multiple Nominations

The following twelve films received multiple nominations.

Multiple Awards

The following four films each won multiple awards.

  • 2 awards Frida and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Presenters and Performers


Presenter Category
Ben Affleck Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Julie Andrews Short Film
Gael García Bernal The Performance of "Burn it Blue"
Halle Berry Best Actress
Jennifer Connelly Best Supporting Actress
Sean Connery Best Supporting Actor
Geena Davis Best Film Editing
Olivia de Havilland Oscar's Family Album
Cameron Diaz Best Animated Feature
Kirk Douglas
Michael Douglas
Best Picture
Colin Farrell The Performance of "The Hands that Built America"
Harrison Ford Best Director
Brendan Fraser Clip From "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
Jennifer Garner Best Live Action Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Richard Gere Clip From "Chicago"
Salma Hayek Best Foreign Language Film
Dustin Hoffman Clip From "The Pianist"
Kate Hudson Sci-Tech Awards
Diane Lane Best Documentary Feature
Jennifer Lopez Best Art Direction
Matthew McConaughey Clip From "The Gangs of New York"
Julianne Moore Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
Keanu Reeves Best Visual Effects
Julia Roberts Best Cinematography
Susan Sarandon In Memoriam Tribute
Meryl Streep Honorary Award
Barbra Streisand Best Original Song
John Travolta The Performance of "I Move On"
Jack Valenti Best Documentary Short Subject
Nia Vardalos Best Makeup
Denzel Washington Best Actor
Renee Zellweger Best Original Score


Performer(s) Song Film
Queen Latifah
Catherine Zeta-Jones
"I Move On" "Chicago"
Paul Simon "Father and Daughter" "The Wild Thornberrys Movie"
Lila Downs
Caetano Veloso
"Burn It Blue" "Frida"
U2 "The Hands That Built America" "Gangs of New York"

News and recap

The ceremony was originally intended to be an especially festive celebration of the ceremony's 75th anniversary. However, it was muted five days before the show by the onset of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, which coincided almost exactly with the ceremony. As a result, the hype and tone of the show were scaled back, and some Award winners (notably Michael Moore) took the opportunity to voice their opposition to the invasion.

The ceremony was watched by 33.04 million people with 20.58% of households watching according to Nielsen ratings.[1] For the second time in the telecast's history, it fell second place to a different program (American Idol) for the week. It remained the least watched and lowest rated telecast (until 2008) since ratings were recorded beginning in 1967 and audience size was measured since 1974.

The kiss

The Kodak Theater before the ceremony

Halle Berry was presenting the Oscar for Best Actor which went to Adrien Brody. As he got on stage he shocked everyone (especially Halle Berry) by passionately kissing her. When the kiss was done Adrien turned back to Halle Berry, quipping "Bet you didn't know that was in the gift bag."

The kiss was subsequently parodied in other awards ceremonies. One such reenactment occurred between Adrien Brody and Queen Latifah when they were presenting the Best Kiss at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. Additionally, at the 76th Academy Awards, Brody freshened up with a spritz of breath spray before presenting the Best Actress award to Charlize Theron.

Michael Moore controversy

When Michael Moore received the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Bowling for Columbine, he took the opportunity to voice his opinions on the "fictitious war" and our "fictitious President", with a mixture of applause and boos ensuing from the audience.

After he left the stage, host Steve Martin broke the tension in the room by joking, "It's so sweet backstage, you should have seen it. The Teamsters are helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo." The audience erupted in laughter and applause.

Special events

This year, the actors nominated for an Oscar did not have a clip shown of their performance as their names were announced, as had been done in years past. Instead, the Academy showed clips from every single actor or actress that ever won an Oscar for Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor or Actress in the past 75 years.

As a celebration of 75 years of the Academy, the Academy invited a large portion of actors and actresses that were past Oscar winners, although this year there were 59 past winners as opposed to the 70 that attended the 70th Academy Awards.[2]

This was also the only year the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature had 5 nominees until 2010.

In memoriam

Presented by Susan Sarandon, a montage honoring those in the film industry that died in the last year. Among those featured included: executive Lew Wasserman, art director Richard Sylbert, Eddie Bracken, director George Sidney, Katy Jurado, producer Jack Brodsky, Dudley Moore, director John Frankenheimer, Rod Steiger, writer Norman Panama, Horst Buchholz, director J. Lee Thompson, Leo McKern, Milton Berle, animator Ward Kimball, Richard Crenna, documentary filmmaker Charles Guggenheim, Rosemary Clooney, writer Daniel Taradash, Signe Hasso, composer Walter Scharf, Kim Hunter, lyricist Adolph Green, Alberto Sordi, cinematographer Conrad Hall, director George Roy Hill, Richard Harris, James Coburn and director Billy Wilder.

Memorable quotes

  • "It was so sweet backstage, you should have seen it. The Teamsters were helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo." – host Steve Martin, after Michael Moore's acceptance speech
  • "In About Schmidt, Jack Nicholson plays a retired insurance executive who climbs into a hot tub with Kathy Bates...But hey, who hasn't?" - host Steve Martin.
  • "Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings." - Kathy Bates.
  • "...you know, it fills me with great joy. But I am also filled with a lot of sadness tonight, because I'm accepting an award at -- at such a strange time. And you know my experiences of making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanization of people at times of war, and the repercussions of war. And whomever you believe in, if it's God or Allah, may He watch over you, and let's pray for a peaceful and swift resolution."- Adrien Brody.


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