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"The Pianist" (Roman Polanski, 2002, France/Poland)
The legend might now state otherwise, but Roman Polanski's stripped-back, surprisingly classical Holocaust drama wasn't an entirely expected winner of the Palme d'Or: other Competition contenders like Aleksandr Sokurov's "Russian Ark" and Abbas Kiarostami's "Ten" had made more critical noise on the Croisette, though few begrudged the veteran Polish auteur his first award of any kind at the festival. Still, his Cannes triumph was hardly as unexpected as his Oscar-night coup. Having steadily accrued critical support since Cannes, "The Pianist" had earned seven nominations going into the awards, but most assumed it would be an also-ran. Instead, with three major awards -- including a jaw-dropping upset for Best Director -- Polanski came closer than any film since "Marty" to pull off the Palme/Best Picture double.