Oscar, in a nutshell

‘Chicago’ wins big at Oscars
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Chicago” led the Academy Awards with six trophies, including best picture, at a ceremony Sunday that allowed Hollywood to exalt itself while muting the Oscar pageantry because of the U.S.-led war on Iraq.
The razzle-dazzle satire “Chicago” became the first musical since 1968’s “Oliver!” to win the top Oscar. Its other awards were supporting actress for Catherine Zeta-Jones, and four technical honors including costume design and art direction.
Adrien Brody won the best-actor award for the Holocaust saga “The Pianist,” Nicole Kidman took best actress for the somber drama “The Hours” and Chris Cooper was picked as supporting actor for the twisted Hollywood tale “Adaptation.”
The best-director Oscar went to Roman Polanski for “The Pianist.” Polanski has been an exile from the United States since fleeing 25 years ago to avoid sentencing for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.
“The Pianist” also won the adapted-screenplay award for Ronald Harwood,” giving it a total of three, while Pedro Almodovar earned the original-screenplay prize for “Talk to Her.”