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The 74th Academy Awards (2002)

Held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on Sunday, March 24, 2002,
honoring movies released in 2001.

Best Picture winners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind").

Best Director Ron Howard, Russell Crowe and Best Picture winning producer Brian Grazer on the set of "A Beautiful Mind."

Best Picture

Gladiator Full Image

"A Beautiful Mind"

Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment Production; Universal and DreamWorks.

Best Actress & Actor

Best Actress Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball") and Best Actor Denzel Washington ("Training Day"). Full Image

Halle Berry & Denzel Washington

Best Actress Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball") and Best Actor Denzel Washington ("Training Day").

Best Supporting Actor & Actress

Best Supporting Actor Jim Broadbent ("Iris") and Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind"). Full Image

Jim Broadbent & Jennifer Connelly

Best Supporting Actor Jim Broadbent ("Iris") and Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly ("A Beautiful Mind").

The Year

  • Halle Berry
  • Denzel Washington
  • Ron Howard
  • Best Picture: “A Beautiful Mind”
    • “A Beautiful Mind” also won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Connelly), Directing (Ron Howard), and Writing – Screenplay based on material previously produced or published (Akiva Goldsman). (View Image)
  • The ceremony took place for the first time at the Kodak Theatre, which had opened just a few months earlier and had been built with input from the Academy to serve as the home of Oscar presentations.
  • Denzel Washington became the second African-American actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor (“Training Day”), and the first African-American actor to have won Oscars for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
  • Halle Berry became the first African-American actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress (“Monster’s Ball”).
  • Songwriter-composer Randy Newman, with 15 previous nominations but no wins, won for his original song “If I Didn’t Have You,” from “Monsters, Inc.” He thanked the Music Branch of the Academy for “giving me so many chances to be humiliated.”
  • Whoopi Goldberg was the host.
  • In January 2001, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia was launched.
  • On February 18, 2001, NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Sr. died at the age of 49 in a last-lap crash at the 43rd Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • In May 2001, DreamWorks released “Shrek.” It went on to win the Best Animated Feature Film award in the category’s inaugural year.
  • On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked two planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York City, causing the Twin Towers to collapse. A third hijacked plane struck the west side of the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed into a rural field in Pennsylvania when the passengers tried to retake control. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.
  • In October 2001, President George W. Bush signed the anti-terrorism USA PATRIOT Act into law. 
  • On November 4, 2001, the Arizona Diamondbacks won the World Series after only four years in existence, becoming the youngest Major League Baseball team to do so. Their win, in the ninth inning of the seventh game, prevented the New York Yankees from clinching their fourth-straight championship.
  • In November 2001, the first Harry Potter film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” opened in theaters across the U.S. Based on the mega-bestselling fantasy novel of the same name, the film went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies in history.
  • On December 2, 2001, energy giant Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, exposing a worldwide scandal, investigations of insider trading, and fraud convictions for several of its high-ranking officers.
  • On December 15, 2001, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which had been closed by the Italian government in 1990, reopened to the public after $25 million was spent to shore up the endangered structure without correcting its trademark lean.

Honorary Award

To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being.

Honorary Award

To Robert Redford: Actor, director, producer, creator of Sundance, inspiration to independent and innovative filmmakers everywhere.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

To director Arthur Hiller.

See all Nominees and Winners

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