Shock OSCAR winner Roman Polanski has finally delivered his acceptance
speech - in a short statement.
The Pianist filmmaker - who bagged the Best Director gong at Sunday's
prestigious ceremony (23MAR03) - had not been able to accept his honour in
person due to the rape conviction which means he can never return to
He writes, "I am deeply moved to be rewarded for the work which relates to
the events so close to my own life, the events that led me to comprehend that
art can transform pain. I believe this still holds true today
"My most heartfelt thanks to the members of the Academy for this wonderful
Polanski had three good reasons to celebrate after the awards. As well as
being crowned Best Director, his star Adrien Brody won Best Actor and the film
was named Best Adapted Screenplay.