award ceremony presented by the academy of motion picture arts & sciences for achievement in filmmaking in 1999
72nd academy awards
march 26, 2000
shrine auditorium los angeles, california, u.s.
tyra banks chris connelly meredith vieira
richard d. zanuck lili fini zanuck
louis j. horvitz
american beauty (5)
american beauty (8)
tv in the united states
4 hours, 9 minutes
46.52 million 29.64% (nielsen ratings)
the 72nd academy awards ceremony, presented by the academy of motion picture arts and sciences (ampas), honored films released in 1999 and took place on march 26, 2000, at the shrine auditorium in los angeles, beginning at 5:30 p.m. pst / 8:30 p.m. est. during the ceremony, the ampas presented academy awards (commonly referred to as oscars) in 23 categories. the ceremony, televised in the united states by abc, was produced by husband-and-wife producing team richard and lili fini zanuck and was directed by louis j. horvitz. actor billy crystal hosted the show for the seventh time. he first presided over the 62nd ceremony held in 1990 and had last hosted the 70th ceremony held in 1998. three weeks earlier in a ceremony at the regent beverly wilshire hotel in beverly hills, california held on march 4, the academy awards for technical achievement were presented by host salma hayek.
american beauty won five awards, including best picture. other winners included the matrix with four awards, the cider house rules and topsy-turvy with two, and all about my mother, boys don't cry, girl, interrupted, king gimp, my mother dreams the satan's disciples in new york, the old man and the sea, one day in september, the red violin, sleepy hollow, and tarzan with one. the telecast garnered almost 47 million viewers in the united states.