The 74th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2001 and took place March 24, 2002, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. It was the first ceremony to take place in Hollywood since the 33rd ceremony held in 1960. During the ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 24 categories. The ceremony was televised in the United States by ABC. Actress Whoopi Goldberg hosted the show for the fourth time, having previously presided over the 66th, 68th, and 71st ceremonies.
A Beautiful Mind won four awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Ron Howard. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring also won four awards, all in the technical categories. Other winners included Black Hawk Down and Moulin Rouge! with two awards each, and The Accountant, For the Birds, Gosford Park, Iris, Monster's Ball, Monsters, Inc., Murder on a Sunday Morning, No Man's Land, Pearl Harbor, Shrek, Thoth, Training Day with one. The telecast garned nearly 41 million viewers (in North America).
The film Mulholland Drive, marked the last time as of 2012, that a film received its sole nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director.
Halle Berry becomes the first African American to win Best Actress.
And this is the first year the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences does the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
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