Best Picture 'Chicago' wins six Oscars

By PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter  |  March 24, 2003 at 12:57 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 24 (UPI) -- "Chicago," the brassy, sassy screen adaptation of Bob Fosse's hit Broadway musical, won six Oscars in Los Angeles Sunday, including one for Best Picture.

"The Pianist," the story of a Jewish classical pianist eluding Nazis in the Warsaw ghetto, won three Oscars -- including surprising wins for Best Director for Roman Polanski and Best Actor for Adrrien Brody.

In addition to a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Catherin Zeta-Jones -- for her performance as the murderous song-and-dance woman Velma Kelly -- "Chicago" also won technical awards for art direction, costume design, film editing and sound. Rob Marshall had been widely expected to win for Best Director, after his win two weeks ago at the Directors Guild of America.

Speaking with reporters backstage, "Chicago" producer Marty Richards said he would share the Best Picture Oscar with Marshall.

"I will keep it at my house for six months, and he can keep it at his house for six months," said Richards.

Nicole Kidman won her first Oscar, taking Best Actress for her performance as Virginia Woolf in "The Hours."

Backstage, Kidman told reporters she didn't mean to leave her dad out of the acceptance speech in which she mentioned her mother and her daughter.

"My daughter said I knew you'd win," said Kidman. "And I said I didn't."

Brody ensured himself of wide post-Oscars photo coverage when he planted a kiss on presenter Halle Berry.

"I had my shot and I took it," Brody said backstage.

In his acceptance speech, Brody got an ovation when he wished for peace for everyone -- "whether you believe in God or Allah."

Chris Cooper won for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as orchid lover-thief John Laroche in "Adaptation."

Speaking backstage, Zeta-Jones was asked whether the Oscar showed that the acting community had accepted her.

"I'm still in shock," she said. "I just know that it's a dream come true for me tonight."

She called "Chicago" the most amazing experience of her life.

Michael Moore caused quite a stir inside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood when he slammed President George W. Bush during his acceptance speech for Best Documentary -- the gun culture film "Bowling for Columbine."

Moore invited the other documentary nominees to join him onstage during a standing ovation, then told the audience that documentarians "like nonfiction but we live in fictitious times."

"We live in a time that where we have fictitious election results that elected a fictitious president," said Moore. "We have a man who is leading us into war for fictitious reasons."

Moore's comment provoked some boos from the audience, mixed with the cheers.

"Frida" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" each took two Oscars.

"Frida" won for makeup and original score. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" won for visual effects and sound editing.

Rapper Eminem won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile."

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