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The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003)

Award of the American academy of cinematographic arts and sciences, from 1940th known as "Oscar", - American film award created in 1929 and traditionally handed to the figures of ... See full summary »
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Steve Martin ... Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Affleck ... Self - Presenter
John Agar ... Self - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Wayne Allwine ... Mickey Mouse - Presenter (voice)
Agustín Almodóvar ... Self - Audience Member
Pedro Almodóvar ... Self - Winner & Nominee
Mie Andreasen Mie Andreasen ... Self - Winner
Julie Andrews ... Self - Presenter & Past Winner
Royce D. Applegate ... Self - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Eric Armstrong ... Self - Winner
Colleen Atwood ... Self - Winner
Anne Bancroft ... Annie Sullivan (archive footage)
Kathy Bates ... Self - Nominee / Presenter / Past Winner
Philippe Bergeron ... French interpreter
Milton Berle ... Self - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
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Award of the American academy of cinematographic arts and sciences, from 1940th known as "Oscar", - American film award created in 1929 and traditionally handed to the figures of cinematographic art for their contribution to creation of movies.

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The first Oscar show to be aired in High Definition (HD 720p). Picture quality suffered from chroma delay problems, though, which sometimes gave distracting colored outlines. See more »

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Steve Martin: What is a movie star? A movie star is many things. They can be tall, short, thin, or skinny. They can be democrats... or skinny.
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Performed by Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta-Jones
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Star-studded even elevated by presence of Olivia de Havilland...
21 October 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Despite the muted tone of the 75th Academy Awards, there were some outstanding moments and here are a few of the observations I care to make on the whole affair:

1) Adding not a bit of class to the televised event was CAMERON DIAZ, busily chewing gum and staring vacantly at some of the old-time presenters, as though she either didn't recognize them or didn't appreciate that they were a part of film history;

2) ADRIEN BRODY giving a genuinely heart-felt acceptance speech, including the surprisingly passionate kiss for Halle Berry! Talk about taking advantage of a situation, but at least he was honest about it;

3) MICHAEL MOORE making a complete jackass of himself by taking the stage to receive an award (for a non-documentary, by the way), and then erupting into a tirade against President Bush and the war that was greeted at first with abashed silence and then a round of well-deserved boos from the overwhelmingly liberal Hollywood crowd;

4) OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND receiving a standing ovation and still radiating good health and classic loveliness even with silver-white hair as she presented 59 of the past winners. Among the missing: ELIZABETH TAYLOR, which was just as well considering her diamonds would have weighed her down, even if she was sitting in a wheelchair, and would have called for even more of a bodyguard atmosphere than usual;

5) Among those who didn't look so well (some even shockingly bad), were KARL MALDEN, JENNIFER JONES (who looked like a wax figure), TERESA WRIGHT, GEORGE CHAKIRIS (another wax figure), KIRK DOUGLAS, DUSTIN Hoffman, PATRICIA NEAL and CLIFF ROBERTSON.

Although it was good to see a stage full of former winners, one couldn't help noticing how few of them resembled their former selves on screen.

STEVE MARTIN did an okay job as presenter, easily rebuffing Michael Moore with a clever comeback line about the Mafia, but unfortunately veering into tasteless territory with his jokes about MICKEY ROONEY's age or the sexual ambiguities of stars like JACK NICHOLSON and others.

I was especially impresssed with one of de Havilland's comments after observing that much had changed since the earlier times. "What hasn't changed," she said, in her gentle tone, "is our love of the movies. They inspire us and help us through troubled times." She's done so many Oscar shows as presenter (not to mention winner) and is always a reminder of how classy Hollywood performers used to be.


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