3. The films, which 2001 won the most awards


Gladiator The monumental picture "Gladiator" was nominated in twelve categories for the "Oscar". Russell Crowe was nominated for the best actor, Ridley Scott for the best director and also Joaquin Phoenix. For winning the Awards for the "Performance by an actor in a leading role", "Achievement in costume design", "Best motion picture of the year", "Achievement in sound" and the "Achievement in visual effects", Gladiator was the winner of the 73rd annual "Academy Award".
For the "Golden Globe" the picture was nominated in five categories, and finally won two awards: "Best motion picture - drama", "Best original score - motion picture".


A Roman emperor dies and names the powerful general Maximus (Russell Crowe) as his heir, instead of his own son, because in his opinion Maximus will be a better successor. The disregarded and jealous son, Commudus (Joaquin Phoenix), betrays general Maximus, kills his family and conquers the throne. Maximus becomes a gladiator and because of his combat knowledge he soon becomes the best warrior they have.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon This costume-film film was nominated for the "Academy Award" for the best picture and also for the best foreign language film. This film was taken in Chinese language. All together "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was nominated in ten categories. Very unusual for the Academy to nominate a "Non-Hollywood" picture that way.
It is an equal situation to two years before, as "La vita é bella" was nominated for best picture and best foreign language picture. In the very end "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" won four of the Awards: "Achievement in art direction", "Achievement in cinematography", "Best foreign language film of the year" and the "Achievement in music in connection with motion pictures".
At the "Golden Globe" this picture got three nominations and received two awards: "Best foreign language film", "Best director - motion picture".


"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" plays in the 19th century. The main themes about legendary warriors, intrigues, love and betrayal. The legendary Chinese sword-fighter Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) does not want to fight anymore, but the last mission he has to do is to avenge his teacher. Li Mu Bai tells his friend Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) to bring a legendary sword to Peking. But the sword has been stolen...


Traffic This film was nominated in five categories and won nearly all "Oscars" it was nominated for. "Traffic" won four "Oscars": "Performance by an actor in a supporting role", "Achievement in directing", "Achievement in film editing" and "Screenplay based on material previously produced or published".
Although "Traffic" was nominated in five categories it won only two "Golden Globes": "Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture", "Best screenplay - motion picture".


"Traffic" is a film about drugs and fighting against drugs. There are three interwoven storylines. Judge Robert Wakefield (Michael Douglas) gets the order from the president of the United States of America to lead the fight against drugs and drug smuggling. He works together with the Mexican authority. While he is working on that project his own daughter becomes dependent on drugs and starts working as a prostitute. The Mexican policeman Javier Rodriguez (Benicio Del Toro) tries to resist corruption. The pregnant woman Helena Ayala (Catherine Zeta Jones) comes to know that her recently arrested husband Carlos Ayala is one of the great drug dealers. Because she wants to free her husband and not want to give up her lifestyle she decides to do her husband's criminal work for him. In the very end Robert Wakefield finds out that it is impossible to fight against drugs and the people behind them. He realizes that the best protection is to solve the problems of the family to prevent drug taking.
Steven Soderbergh filmed this story with the camera on his shoulders and gave the audience the feeling to be involved in the happening.

Erin Brockovic

Erin Brockovic Such as "Chocolat" and "Traffic" this film was nominated in five categories. The only award this film won was for the best performance by an actress in a motion picture by Julia Roberts, who received her first "Oscar".
This picture won also at the "Golden Globe" only one award, and again for the "best performance by an actress in a motion picture - drama". Julia Roberts won both awards this year.


This film was made after a true story. Erin Brockovich, a secretary in a lawyer's office, finds documents about a disastrous environmental catastrophe. Although she has no special education for law she takes an interest in this problem. She works very hard and finally she wins the case.


Chocolat Lasse Hallström's picture which was nominated in five categories was the big looser of this "Academy Award's presentation". This film won no award.
Also at the "Golden Globe's" presentation "Chocolat", which was nominated in four categories won no award.


The film plays in a little village in France in 1959. Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) moves in this village and opens a chocolat shop - during the period of fasting. For the citizens of that little village who are very moral this is a scandal. Besides that Vianne likes the gypsies who are living there, in particular Roux (Johnny Depp). Vianne has to fight against ignorance and lack of understanding.