"Crouching Tiger" Wins Third Award

The critically acclaimed "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" picked up three Oscars at the 73rd Academy Awards here Sunday with the top award, best film, yet to be announced.

Tim Yip collected the golden statuette for best art direction and Tan Dun won the Oscar for best original musical score. Peter Pau claimed the award for best cinematography.

"I would like to thank (director) Ang Lee for giving me this once in a lifetime chance," said a beaming Pau in his acceptance speech in which he slipped excitedly from English to Mandarin and back.

"It's a great honor to me to the people of Hong Kong and to Chinese people all over the world."

In his own eloquent acceptance speech, Tan Dun dedicated his success to "two tiger's in my family" -- his wife and son.

"My music is to dream without boundaries," he said. "Tonight with you I see boundaries being crossed ... I am proud to be honored here."

The Chinese language Romantic epic is nominated for a total of 10 Oscars including best picture and best foreign language film.

The romantic martial-arts fantasy filmed in Mandarin has more Oscar nominations than any other foreign-language film in Academy history and is the first Asian film nominated for best picture.

Lee -- ignored by the Academy in 1996 when his first English-language film, "Sense and Sensibility," garnered seven nominations -- is a strong contender for the directing Oscar.


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