A kinder, gentler Academy Awards was unveiled last night at the Kodak Theatre, as host Steve Martin prodded along the 2+ hour Hollywood soiree with his mostly ho hum attempts at light banter and "politically correct" humor.  Celebrating 75 years, the 2003 Academy Awards experienced its most animated -- yet controversial -- moments when filmmaker Michael Moore accepted an award for his "Bowling for Columbine"documentary while criticizing the war with Iraq and berating President Bush

Later in the evening, "The Pianist"'s Adrian Brody sailed past favorites Daniel Day-Lewis and Jack Nicholson to win the "Actor in a Leading Role" statuette and politely offered that we "pray for peace and swift resolution" in regards to the war.

"Chicago" lead the nominations charge with 13 and walked away with 6 Oscars in all, while Martin Scorsese's "The Gangs of New York" was completely shut out in the 10 categories.  Julianne Moore, nominated for her work in "The Hours" ("Actress in a Supporting Role") and Far from Heaven" ("Actress in a Leading Role"), also left empty-handed.

Following is a complete list of winners for the 75th Annual Academy Awards.



ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Adrien Brody
THE PIANIST


ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Chris Cooper
ADAPTATION


ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Nicole Kidman
THE HOURS


ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Catherine Zeta-Jones
CHICAGO


ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
SPIRITED AWAY
Hayao Miyazaki


ART DIRECTION
CHICAGO
John Myhre (Art Direction);
Gordon Sim (Set Decoration)


CINEMATOGRAPHY
ROAD TO PERDITION
Conrad L. Hall


COSTUME DESIGN
CHICAGO
Colleen Atwood


DIRECTING
THE PIANIST
Roman Polanski


DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
Michael Moore and Michael Donovan


DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
TWIN TOWERS
Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port


FILM EDITING
CHICAGO
Martin Walsh


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
NOWHERE IN AFRICA
Germany
Directed by Caroline Link

 

MAKEUP
FRIDA
John Jackson and Beatrice De Alba


MUSIC (SCORE)
FRIDA
Elliot Goldenthal


MUSIC (SONG)
8 MILE
'Lose Yourself'
Music by Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto; Lyric by Eminem


BEST PICTURE
CHICAGO
Martin Richards


SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
THE CHUBBCHUBBS!
Eric Armstrong


SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
THIS CHARMING MAN (DER ER EN YNDIG MAND)
Martin Strange-Hansen and Mie Andreasen


SOUND
CHICAGO
Michael Minkler, Dominick Tavella and David Lee


SOUND EDITING
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS
Ethan Van der Ryn and Michael Hopkins


VISUAL EFFECTS
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS
Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and
Alex Funke


WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
THE PIANIST
Screenplay by Ronald Harwood


WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
TALK TO HER
Written by Pedro Almodóvar


HONORARY AWARD
HONORARY AWARD
Peter O'Toole