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The 75th Academy Awards (2003)

Held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on Sunday, March 23, 2003,
honoring movies released in 2002.

Best Actress Nicole Kidman in a scene from "The Hours."

Best Actress Nicole Kidman in a scene from "The Hours."

Best Picture

Gladiator Full Image

"Chicago"

Producer Circle Co., Zadan/Meron Production; Miramax Films. [U.S.A./Canada]

Best Actor

Best Actor Adrien Brody ("The Pianist"). Full Image

Adrien Brody

Best Actor Adrien Brody ("The Pianist").

Honorary Award

Honorary Award recipient Peter O'Toole with presenter Meryl Streep. Full Image

Peter O'Toole

Honorary Award recipient Peter O'Toole with presenter Meryl Streep.

The Year

  • Adrien Brody
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
  • Peter O'Toole
  • Best Picture: “Chicago”
    • “Chicago” also won Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Art Direction-Set Decoration (John Myhre and Gordon Sim), Costume Design (Colleen Atwood), Film Editing (Martin Walsh), and Sound (Michael Minkler, Dominick Tavella, and David Lee). . (View Image)
  • Five days before the Awards ceremony, the U.S. officially declared war on Iraq. Initially, Academy officials considered postponing the ceremony; the final decision was to proceed as scheduled, but without the usual red carpet fanfare.
  • “Gangs of New York,” directed by Martin Scorsese, was nominated for 10 awards but did not win any.
  • Meryl Streep received her 13th Oscar nomination, this time in the Best Supporting Actress category for “Adaptation.” She became the most-nominated performer in Oscar history, topping Katharine Hepburn’s 12 nominations.
  • Jack Nicholson, nominated as Best Actor for “About Schmidt,” tied Hepburn’s 12 nominations, becoming the most-nominated male performer to date.
  • Julianne Moore, nominated both for Best Actress (“Far from Heaven”) and Best Supporting Actress (“The Hours”), became the ninth member of the exclusive club of performers to be nominated in two acting categories in the same year.
  • Steve Martin was the host.
  • In celebration of the 75th Academy Awards, two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland introduced an assembly of 59 other former acting winners.
  • When Adrien Brody won the Best Actor award for “The Pianist,” he surprised presenter Halle Berry, and the audience, with a passionate kiss before giving a four-minute speech that included a heartfelt plea for peace. 
  • On February 3, 2002, the New England Patriots defeated the heavily favored St. Louis Rams, 20-17, to take home their first Super Bowl victory. Kicker Adam Vinatieri made a game-winning 48-yard field goal just as the clock expired.
  • On February 12, 2001, former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic became the first head of state to be tried for war crimes when his trial before the international tribune at The Hague, Netherlands, began.
  • On April 17, 2002, ABC broadcast the 10,000th episode of the Emmy-winning soap opera “General Hospital.” The show, which began airing on April 1, 1963, is the longest-running television program currently in production.
  • On May 22, 2002, the remains of federal intern Chandra Levy were found in a Washington, D.C. park located only a few miles from her home, 13 months after she went missing. The 24-year-old’s disappearance became the subject of much scrutiny after U.S. Representative Gary Condit confessed to having had an affair with her.
  • On September 4, 2002, Kelly Clarkson, a 20-year-old waitress from Texas, won season one of “American Idol.”
  • In October 2002, former President Jimmy Carter became the third U.S. president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize when he was selected in recognition of "his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."
  • On October 25, 2002, Irish-born actor Richard Harris, who received two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor (“This Sporting Life” and “The Field”) died in London at the age of 72.
  • In November 2002, “Die Another Day,” which marked Pierce Brosnan’s last appearance as James Bond, opened in theaters around the world almost exactly 40 years after the first Bond movie, “Dr. No,” was released in Great Britain in October 1962.
  • In August 2002, the Toyota Prius became the first hybrid gas-electric automobile to be certified for a clean-burning fuel deduction by the IRS.
  • In December 2002, University of New Mexico place-kicker Katie Hnida became the first woman to play in a Division 1-A college football game. Although her kick was blocked, Hnida was successful in an August 2003 attempt, which made her the first woman to score in a Division 1-A game.

Honorary Award

To Peter O’Toole, whose remarkable talents have provided cinema history with some of its most memorable characters.

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