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Adrien Brody

Wins Oscar

4 Mar, 2003

Brody wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish musician during World War II who struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. Halle Berry presents the award.

Oh my God. Thank you. Thank you, really. Oh my goodness. It doesn’t come out in slow motion, but it doesn’t really ring a bell–the name. I didn’t know my name when you said that. This Adrien? Okay.

Brody mentions the U.S. invasion of Iraq in his speech, and prays for a peaceful and swift resolution.

Adrien Brody Wins Best Actor: 2003 Oscars