The Best Original Song winner, "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile (2002), was not performed at the ceremony. Reportedly, ABC asked Eminem to perform an edited version of the rap, but he refused (and did not attend the ceremony nor pick his Oscar up). It was the first time since the Awards were first telecast that the Best Original Song winner was not performed.
When Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas presented the award for Best Picture, rather than reading it on the spot, Kirk opened the envelope and tore the card in half. He then handed the other half to his son, Michael, and together they announced the winner: Chicago (2002).
The Oscar "Family Album" tribute segment with many stars who had not appeared at the previous Oscar "family album" celebration at the 70th Awards show. This time 59 stars attended, including more of the defunct juvenile award winners such as Margaret O'Brien, Hayley Mills, Claude Jarman Jr. and Mickey Rooney.