Just as a little supplement to this article on indieWIRE today chronicling the 25 things the Oscars did right in the 2000s, check out this clip coinciding with one example on the list: Roman Polanski winning for “The Pianist” back in 2003. It’s such a strange thing to think back to after the crazy culture war that went down after his arrest this fall. While I obviously don’t agree with what Polanski did, it’s hard to argue that the man didn’t deserve this honor for his career efforts (he’d never won) if not for “The Pianist” itself… Though I find it really incredible to watch him win here, with the majority of the audience rising to their feet (including Meryl Streep!) in appreciation. I can’t imagine that happening if he theoretically won today, even though we know exactly the same now as we did then (if not, thanks to “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” more).
Excuse the strange voiceovers and on aside, note these nominees are 60% homo: