'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' Wins Best Foreign Film Oscar
Directed by Taiwan-born Ang Lee, the martial arts fantasy has won high acclaim at Hollywood by getting 10 Oscar nominations. It has already won the Oscars for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score at the grand awarding ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium.
The film, a combination of dazzling martial arts action and beautiful scenery in China, made history by becoming the first foreign-language film to break the 100 million-dollar barrier at the North American box office.
On Saturday, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon just won three awards at the Independent Spirit Awards, the latest in a string of honors. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon also won several awards from the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes.
"I think the audience is getting cynical today and longing for old fashioned film-making, that innocence," Ang Lee told reporters at a party before attending the awarding ceremony.
"I think maybe Hollywood has failed to do that... they don't always provide the most fresh and exciting and unpredictable movies that give people a thrill," he said.
Lee believed this movie has harnessed the creative power of Hong Kong film-making, still the dominant force in martial arts film.
"Crouching Tiger" Wins Third AwardThe 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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