1. The "Academy Award", also called "Oscar"

1.5. The "Academy Award's" Presentation

The nominations for the "Oscars" are announced in early February. In late March or April the "Oscars" are given. The presentation of the "Oscars" is the most famous activity of the Academy. Since 1929 there are presentations of the "Oscars". The last presentation was on March 25th, 2001 at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, and was the 73rd annual "Oscar" presentation.
The first "Oscar" was handed out on May 16th 1929 when the movies had just begun to talk. The first presentation was held during a banquet in the Blossom Room of the "Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel". The ceremony was attended by 250 people and the price of a ticket came to $10.
In March this year, 2001, Kathy Bates, the speaker of the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences", published the nominees of the "Academy Award 2001". The favourites of this "Oscar" presentation were:

Steve Martin, the host

Beside the presentation of the most famous film award of the world the "Oscar's" presentation is important for publicity and for stimulating the business.
There are some advantages to be nominated. For an actor it is good if he played someone with a handicap. For an actress an ordinary person and looking your age is an advantage. Being English is also useful. But the best way to win an "Oscar" is to be around for a while and to be nominated before. A lot of actors winners had been nominated previously.
And then the day X came: on the sunny 25th March 2001 the "73rd Annual Academy Award" presentation happened. The presentation began with a live transfer from the International Space Station Alpha. It should symbolize that this is a real "Odyssey 2001" and there are no decorations or actors. Everyone of the crew of that space station was a film-fan and watched the "Oscar presentation" from over 235 miles above the earth. Then they presented a blind passenger, a paper picture of Steve Martin, who should be the host of that "Oscar" night. The actor Steve Martin is 55 years old and it was the first time that he presented the "Oscar". First he began with a few more or less funny jokes and thanked the crew of cosmonauts. He mentioned that he is only allowed to present the "Oscar" because Billy Crystal is not in town at the moment.
This year the Academy presented 27 "Oscars", besides three "Oscars" of honorary, one of them for the life-work of Dino de Laurentiis.

1.5.1. Best motion picture of the year

Wick, Franzoni and Lustig

Michael Douglas, who already owns "Oscars" for the best actor in "Wall Street" and as producer of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", presented the award for the best motion picture of the year. The three producers of "Gladiator" accepted that award. Douglas Wick thanked Ridley Scott for his indefatigable perfectionism. He also said that for the film Russell Crowe's strongly face and showing the human side of the hero was very important. Then he wished everybody who worked on this picture "strength and honour".

1.5.2. Performance by an actress in a leading role

Julia Roberts

Kevin Spacey who the "Oscar" for the best actor in "American Beauty" last year, presented the award for the best performance by an actress in a leading role. He also already owns an "Oscar" for the supporting role in "The Usual Suspects". He thanked Judy Dench that she brought him his smoking and then he said that she was the most stylish delivery service he ever had. After that he read out the nominees for this award:

Julia Roberts' speech was a little bit hysterical. She said that she was very happy and that this was an amazing experience, in between she spoke nervously about her dress. Then she thanked Danny De Vito, Steven Soderbergh, all the other actors who also acted in this film and Albert Finney, who became a friend. She ended with the words that she "loves the world".
The award for the performance by an actress in a leading role was the only award the picture "Erin Brockovich", nominated in five categories, got.

1.5.3. Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Marcia Gay Harden

Nicolas Cage, who already owns an "Oscar" for "Leaving Las Vegas" read out the nominees for the actresses in a supporting role:

The winner of this award was Marcia Gay Harden, who was nominated the first time, for her performance in Ed Harris' film "Pollock". Marcia Gay Harden was born 1959 and acted in films such as "Meet Joe Black" or "Space Cowboys". Her part in "Pollock" was the most fastidious she had ever played. She thanked the Academy, her family, the agents and all who help in this crazy business. She also thanked the director Ed Harris, because he transferred his passion for that film on her. To her Ed Harris is a very brave director and a more brave actor.

1.5.4. Performance by an actor in a leading role

Russell Crowe

Hillary Swank, who already has an "Oscar" for "Boys don't cry", presented the award for the best actor in a leading role. But first she thanked her father for his support because she forgot to thank him the last time. The nominees for this category were:

The winner, Russell Crowe, was born in 1964 in New Zealand but later he moved to Australia. He acted in films such as "Virtuosity" and "L.A. Confidential". For "The Insider" he already got an "Oscar" nomination for best actor in a leading role. Russell Crowe dedicated his award his grandfather, a cinematograph in the 2nd World War, and to his uncle, who died at the age of 66. He also thanked his parents and Ridley Scott, the director. Then he thanked the actors and all the others who worked with him on "Gladiator", coming from 22 different countries. In the end he mentioned that a dream, such as becoming a film star, is possible to come true.

1.5.5. Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Benicio Del Toro

This award was presented by Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight's daughter, who got the "Oscar" for the best actress for her part in "Girl Interrupted" last year. The nominees were:

And the "Oscar" went to Benicio del Toro, who was nominated for the first time for an "Oscar". He was born in Sancture, Puerto Rico, in 1967. But he grew up in Pennsylvania and later he attended the University of California at San Diego. His motion picture credits include "The Usual Suspects" and "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas". At the moment he can be seen in "Snatch". Del Toro had already won the "Golden Globe" for "Traffic". In his speech he thanked the members of the Academy and director Steven Soderbergh. He dedicated this award to the people of two the towns, where the film was made.

1.5.6. Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures (Original song)

Jennifer Lopez presented the Award for the best original song. The nominees were the following:

The winner of this award was Bob Dylan for his song "Things Have Changed" from the film "Wonder Boys". Bob Dylan was not able to join the "Academy Award's" presentation because he was in the middle of a concert tour and stayed in Sydney that time. But he performed his song there and it was transmitted via satellite. During his life he has published 43 albums and over 500 songs and still plays in live concerts.
Bob Dylan said that it was very amazing to win this award. He thanked Curtis Hanson, who had persuaded him to write that song, and "Columbia Records", who have supported him all the years. Bob Dylan also thanked his family, his friends and the Academy, which presented him a price for a song, which is quite honest and does not ignore the human nature.

1.5.7. Achievement in direction

Steven Soderbergh

Beside Ang Lee, a Taiwanese director, who is nominated for the best director for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", there are also Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot"), Ridley Scott ("Gladiator") and Steven Soderbergh. Steven Soderbergh's films "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich" are both nominated for the achievement in directing and for the Oscar for the best motion picture of the year 2001!
The winner of this award was Steven Soderbergh. Including "Erin Brockovich" he has been nominated three times. He made his debut with "Sex, Lies, And Videotape" in 1989 and has been nominated for the writing of an original screenplay. After that he directed more unapproachable films like "Kafka". But 1998 he found the way to the mainstream films with "Out Of Sight".
In his speech he thanked all people who are creative in some way. For him the world would be unliveable without art.

1.5.8. Honorary Awards

Honorary Academy Award

Jack Cardiff This award is for "extraordinary distinction in Lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy". It is not given every year, but the last year there was no Honorary Academy Award presented was in 1987. This award, which is also an "Oscar" statuette, is given to honour a filmmaker for whom there is no own category, e.g. a choreographer, an animator, an organisation or a company. The Honorary Academy Award is no real price for lifetime achievement, but often it is given for lifework.
Dustin Hoffman, who has already won two "Oscars" for "Rain Man" and "Kramer vs. Kramer" presented the Honorary Academy Award. The new owner of the Honorary Academy Award is Jack Cardiff, an 86 year-old cinematograph, who is still filming. That was the first time that a cinematograph got this award! Four times he was nominated for the "Oscar" and 1947 he won an "Oscar" for "Black Narcissus". His career began at the age of four as a child-actor. But ten years later he changed his position and began cinematography. Cardiff's own style, full of colours and light, was honoured internationally. A big help for his work was painting. If there was a set where it seemed impossible to film they called Jack Cardiff to do it. His work includes the following films: "The Diary Of Anne Frank", "The Vikings", "Death On The Nile" and "Conan The Destroyer".
In his speech first he mentioned whether this was a dream, because he is often dreaming when he is filming. But then he said that he knows that this was not a dream. Jack Cardiff said that over seventy years of building wings and filming was well used time. He thanked the Academy and everyone being on the set.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award Thalberg became the head of the production at "Universal Film Manufacturing Co." at the age of twenty. Three years later he became the vice president and head of production for Louis B. Mayer. In "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer" (MGM), where Mayer's production became one year later part of, he also had a very high position. 1936 Thalberg died, very young, at the age of 37. The following year the Academy added the "Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award".
Sir Anthony Hopkins, who owns two "Oscars" for the films "The Silence Of The Lambs" and "The Remains Of The Day", presented the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. The producer Dino De Laurentiis got this award for his lifework. De Laurentiis has only got one "Oscar", 1956 for his film "La Strada", the first film in the category "Best foreign language film".
Dino De Laurentiis Dino De Laurentiis, born in Naples, Italy, is one of the most influential independent producers of the brand. He began as an actor but at the age of 19 he started producing films. After the second world war he was one of the founders of the new Italian film. De Laurentiis produced a lot of monumental films such as "The Bible", "Waterloo" and "Barabbas". After his move to the United States of America he produced films like "Three Days Of The Condor", "The Serpent's Egg" and "Ragtime". During his career De Laurentiis took part in over 600 movies. His motto was and still is "cuore, cervello, coraggio" which means "heart, brain, courage". His most recent movies are "Hannibal", the continuation of "The Silence Of The Lambs" with Sir Anthony Hopkins who handed him over the award, and "U-571".
Dino De Laurentiis embraced Hopkins and said that he thought him a fantastic actor and a wonderful person. He also thanked the "Board of governors" and the five most important women in his life, his wife an his four daughters. He said that he had been very lucky and that he congratulates the new Italian film getting new talents and fresh ideas.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

This award has the form of an "Oscar" statuette. On a special meeting of the Board of Governors the nominations were made. There are two secret ballots, and if a nominee gets a vote of over two-thirds, he will get the award. This award is for an "individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry".