Date: 26th March 2001
GLADIATOR (2000) slayed its opponents at tonight's (25MAR01) OSCARS carrying off golden statues for BEST PICTURE, BEST SOUND, BEST VISUAL EFFECTS, BEST COSTUMES and a BEST ACTOR for star RUSSELL CROWE.
Also riding high were ANG LEE's CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) and TRAFFIC (2000) both of which carried off four Oscars. An astonished looking Crowe thanked his uncle DAVID, who died last year (00) from cancer, and JULIA ROBERTS needed the help of boyfriend BENJAMIN BRATT to get up the steps in her dress to collect her BEST ACTRESS Oscar.
Ignoring this year's challenge that the shortest speech wins a television, a delighted Roberts told the crowd, "I already have a television so I'm just going to keep on going"
Roberts proceeded to thank director STEVEN SODERBERGH, boyfriend BENJAMIN BRATT and "anyone I've ever met in my life," and ended by telling the audience, "I love the world, I'm so happy - thank you!"
Soderbergh then went on to both win and lose as he carried off an BEST DIRECTOR Oscar for TRAFFIC (2000) after having being nominated twice in the category.
Aside from the winners, the evening was packed with memorable moments, which included presenter KEVIN SPACEY thanking DAME JUDI DENCH for conveying his tuxedo from their set in Canada and STEVE MARTIN running into the audience to present DANNY DeVITO with "some dip" when he started eating a carrot during Bob Dylan's satellite performance.
THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS IS:
Best Picture: GLADIATOR (2000)
Best Actor: RUSSELL CROWE
Best Actress: JULIA ROBERTS
Best Supporting Actor: BENICIO DEL TORO (TRAFFIC (2000))
Best Supporting Actress: MARCIA GAY HARDEN (POLLOCK (2000))
Best Director: STEVEN SODERBERGH
Best Foreign Language Film: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000)
Best Cinematography: PETER PAU (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000))
Best Original Screenplay: CAMERON CROWE (ALMOST FAMOUS (2000))
Best Adapted Screenplay: STEPHEN GAGHAN (TRAFFIC (2000))
Best Documentary Feature: Into The Arms Of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)
Best Documentary short: BIG MAMA (2000)
Best Film Editing: STEPHEN MIRRIONE (TRAFFIC (2000))
Best Costumes: JANTY YATES (GLADIATOR (2000))
Best Art Direction: TIM YIP (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000))
Best Sound Editing: JON JOHNSON (U-571 (2000))
Best Sound: SCOTT MILLAN, BOB BEEMER, KEN WESTON (GLADIATOR (2000))
Best Original Score: TAN DUN (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000))
Best Original Song: BOB DYLAN, THINGS HAVE CHANGED (WONDER BOYS (2000))
Best Animated Short Film: FATHER AND DAUGHTER (2000)
Best Live Action Short Film: quiero ser (I want to be…) (1998)
Best Make-Up: RICK BAKER, GAIL RYAN (HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000))
Best Visual Effects: JOHN NELSON, TIM BURKE, ROB HARVEY, NEIL CORBOULD (GLADIATOR (2000))
Lifetime Achievement: JACK CARDIFF
Honorary Oscar: SCREENWRITER ERNEST LEHMAN