PIANIST AND POLITICS
The Pianist got a big Oscar boost over the weekend, winning top honors at both Britain's and France's annual film kudos. At Saturday's Cesar Awards, the French bestowed seven trophies on Roman Polanski's Holocaust drama, including best film, best director and best actor for Adrien Brody. The Brits, meanwhile, also handed The Pianist wins for best film and director, but gave Gangs of New York's scenery-chewer Daniel Day-Lewis the BAFTA for best actor. Other winners at Sunday's British Academy Awards included Nicole Kidman (best actress for The Hours), Catherine Zeta-Jones (best supporting actress for Chicago) and Christopher Walken (best supporting actor for Catch Me if You Can).