Today in History: American Beauty tops Academy Awards


Billy Crystal

On this day in 2000, Billy Crystal hosts the 72nd annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

An Oscar crisis had been narrowly averted a week earlier, when Willie a man who made his living recovering and selling discarded objects, found 10 packing crates filled with 52 gold-plated Oscar sculptures.

The Oscars had been stolen from a loading dock around March 8 after they had been delivered from the Chicago factory that manufactured them.

He was rewarded with $50,000 and two tickets to the March 26th festivities.

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