Despite world events, the show went on March 23rd as celebrities gathered in Hollywood for the 75th Annual Academy Awards. This year's Oscars were a much-subdued version of the annual event, minus the red carpet and much of the glitz and glamour.
"Chicago" strutted off with the most wins, but Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" pulled off the night's biggest upsets with wins in the Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director categories. Eminem's rap song "Lose Yourself," from his feature film "8 Mile," emerged as the surprise winner for Original Song, marking the first time a rap song has won in that category.
Steve Martin had the daunting task of hosting the show in what was one of the toughest years for the Academy Awards. Starting off the show with a joke, "You probably noticed there was no red carpet tonight. That'll send them a message," Martin's carefully worded opening monologue focused more on poking fun at the celebrities in attendance, than on current events.
Prior to the broadcast, anxious producers had warned presenters to stick to the script, however winners were allowed to use their 45 seconds to speak their minds. Most of the winners chose to use their allotted time for the usual thank you speeches, with just a handful using the podium to speak out against the war.
Michael Moore, winner of the Best Documentary Feature for "Bowling for Columbine," was the most outspoken attendee. Using his time to launch a scathing attack on President Bush, Moore referred to the war in Iraq as a "fictitious war." His remarks were greeted with a loud chorus of boos, drowning out the smaller round of applause. Winners Chris Cooper ("Adaptation"), Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") and Pedro Almodovar ("Talk to Her") each called for peace and wished for a swift resolution to the war.
Telecast live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, the 75th Academy Awards show lasted just over three and a half hours, nowhere near the marathon broadcasts of recent years.
Here's a complete list of all the nominees and winners:
"Gangs of New York" - Alberto Grimaldi and Harvey Weinstein, Producers
"The Hours" - Scott Rudin and Robert Fox, Producers
"The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers" - Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson, Producers
"The Pianist" - Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde, Producers
WINNER: "Chicago" - Martin Richards, Producer
Nicolas Cage - "Adaptation"
Michael Caine - "The Quiet American"
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Gangs of New York"
Jack Nicholson - "About Schmidt"
WINNER: Adrien Brody - "The Pianist"
Salma Hayek - "Frida"
Diane Lane - "Unfaithful"
Julianne Moore - "Far From Heaven"
Renee Zellweger - "Chicago"
WINNER: Nicole Kidman - "The Hours"
Kathy Bates - "About Schmidt"
Julianne Moore - "The Hours"
Queen Latifah - "Chicago"
Meryl Streep - "Adaptation"
WINNER: Catherine Zeta-Jones - "Chicago"
Ed Harris - "The Hours"
Paul Newman - "Road to Perdition"
John C. Reilly - "Chicago"
Christopher Walken - "Catch Me If You Can"
WINNER: Chris Cooper - "Adaptation"
"About a Boy" - Screenplay by Peter Hedges and Chris & Paul Weitz
"Adaptation" - Screenplay by Charlie and Donald Kaufman
"Chicago" - Screenplay by Bill Condon
"The Hours" - Screenplay by David Hare
WINNER: "The Pianist" - Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
"Far From Heaven" - Written by Todd Haynes
"Gangs of New York" - Screenplay by Jay Cocks and Steve Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan, Story by Jack Cocks
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding" - Written by Nia Vardalos
"Y Tu Mama Tambien" - Written by Carlos Cuaron and Alfonso Cuaron
WINNER: "Talk to Her" - Written by Pedro Almodovar
ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING:
"Chicago" - Rob Marshall
"Gangs of New York" - Martin Scorsese
"The Hours" - Stephen Daldry
"Talk to Her" - Pedro Almodovar
WINNER: "The Pianist" - Roman Polanski
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
"Ice Age" - Chris Wedge
"Lilo & Stitch" - Chris Sanders
"Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" - Jeffrey Katzenberg
"Treasure Planet" - Ron Clements
WINNER: "Spirited Away" - Hayao Miyazaki
ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION:
"Frida" - Art Direction: Felipe Fernandez del Paso, Set Decoration: Hannia Robledo
"Gangs of New York" - Art Direction: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" - Art Direction: Grant Major, Set Decoration: Dan Hennah and Alan Lee
"Road to Perdition" - Art Direction: Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
WINNER: "Chicago" - Art Direction: John Myhre, Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY:
"Chicago" - Dion Beebe
"Far From Heaven" - Edward Lachman
"Gangs of New York" - Michael Ballhaus
"The Pianist" - Pawel Edelman
WINNER: "Road to Perdition" - Conrad L. Hall
ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN:
"Frida" - Julie Weiss
"Gangs of New York" - Sandy Powell
"The Hours" - Ann Roth
"The Pianist" - Anna Sheppard
WINNER: "Chicago" - Colleen Atwood
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
"Daughter from Danang" - Gail Dolgin and Vincente Franco
"Prisoner of Paradise" - Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender
"Spellbound" - Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch
"Winged Migration" - Jacques Perrin
WINNER: "Bowling for Columbine" - Michael Moore and Michael Donovan
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:
"The Collector of Bedford Street" - Alice Elliott
"Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks" - Robert Hudson and Bobby Houston
"Why Can't We Be a Family Again?" - Roger Weisberg and Murray Nossel
WINNER: "Twin Towers" - Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port
ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING:
"Gangs of New York" - Thelma Schoonmaker
"The Hours" - Peter Boyle
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" - Michael Horton
"The Pianist" - Herve de Luze
WINNER: "Chicago" - Martin Walsh
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
"El Crimen del Padre Amaro" - Mexico
"Hero" - People's Republic of China
"The Man Without a Past" - Finland
"Zus & Zo" - Netherlands
WINNER: "Nowhere in Africa" - Germany
ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP:
"The Time Machine" - John M. Elliott, Jr. and Barbara Lorenz
WINNER: "Frida" - John Jackson and Beatrice De Alba
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE):
"Catch Me If You Can" - John Williams
"Far From Heaven" - Elmer Bernstein
"The Hours" - Philip Glass
"Road to Perdition" - Thomas Newman
WINNER: "Frida" - Elliot Goldenthal
ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG):
"Burn It Blue" from "Frida" (Music-Elliot Goldenthal, Lyric-Julie Taymor)
"Father and Daughter" from "The Wild Thornberrys" (Paul Simon)
"The Hands That Built America" from "Gangs of New York" (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen)
"I Move On" from "Chicago" (Music-John Kander, Lyric-Fred Ebb)
WINNER: "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile" (Music-Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto, Lyric-Eminem)
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM:
"The Cathedral" - Tomek Baginski
"Das Rad" - Chris Stenner and Heidi Wittlinger
"Mike's New Car" - Pete Docter and Roger Gould
"Mt. Head" - Koji Yamamura
WINNER: "The ChubbChubbs!" - Eric Armstrong
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM:
"Fait D'Hiver" - Dirk Belien and Anja Daelemans
"I'll Wait for the Next One" - Philippe Orreindy and Thomas Gaudin
"Inja" - Steven Pasvolsky and Joe Weatherstone
"Johnny Flynton" - Lexi Alexander and Alexander Buono
WINNER: "This Charming Man" - Martin Strange-Hansen and Mie Andreasen
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND:
"Gangs of New York" - Tom Fleischman, Eugene Gearty and Ivan Sharrock
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" - Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek
"Spider-Man" - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Ed Novick
WINNER: "Chicago" - Michael Minkler, Dominick Tavella and David Lee
ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING:
"Minority Report" - Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
"Road to Perdition" - Scott A. Hecker
WINNER: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" - Ethan Van der Ryn and Michael Hopkins
ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS:
"Spider-Man" - John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara and John Frazier
"Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" - Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow
WINNER: "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" - Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke
SOURCE: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences