The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony (also known as Oscars 2000) took place at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium, and was Billy Crystal's seventh time hosting the Awards. The ceremony attracted 46.53 million viewers, an audience 3.7% bigger than the previous ceremony.
The Academy Awards ceremony was dominated by two films. The first was American Beauty, which was nominated in 8 categories and won 5 awards, including Best Picture. The other film, The Matrix, despite not being nominated for Best Picture, won 4 awards.
Notably, this broadcast was the first Academy Awards ceremony broadcast to receive a TV Parental Guidelines rating of TV-14 (Parents Strongly Cautioned), in part due to the showing of many American Beauty clips featuring scenes of sex, innuendo, and violence. Despite its containing an offensive word, the Oscar-nominated song "Blame Canada" (from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut) was performed, with performer Robin Williams cleverly "hiding" the word; he also added a line riffing Celine Dion. The first Oscar show to be rated under the TV Parental Guidelines was the 69th Academy Awards, broadcast in 1997, but it was rated TV-PG (Parental Guidance).
It was also the first Academy Awards ceremony—and the first major awards ceremony—to be telecast in high-definition. ABC chose to air the Oscars in 720p format.
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