As fighting raged in Iraq, the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony was held last night.
Some Oscar winners chose to speak out against the war in the 45 seconds allotted to them on national television. An estimated one billion people were watching around the globe.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” won the best feature-length documentary. He gave a scathing speech against the war and against President Bush.
Actor Adrien Brody pulled off a major upset and won the best-actor Oscar for “The Pianist.”
Many celebrities wore peace pins. And Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and others showed up in fuel-efficient gasoline-electric hybrid cars instead of limousines as a statement against U.S. dependence on foreign oil.
Actor Matthew McConaughey wore large red, white and blue flowers.
- Michael Moore, receiving the Oscar for documentary “Bowling for Columbine”, March 23, 2003.
- Pedro Almodovar, Spanish director-writer who received the Oscar for best original screenplay for “Talk To Her.”
- Gael Garcia Bernal, Mexican actor who starred in “Y Tu Mama Tambien”. He introduced leading Brazilian singer, Caetano Veloso
- Adrien Brody, actor who won Oscar for his role in “The Pianist”