Jack Nicholson to Adrien Brody: Boycott 03 Oscars over Iraq War

None of the nominees protested—though the relentlessly classy Academy did forgo the fanfare of a red carpet ceremony out of respect for the war. Instead, they all looked ecstatic for the young actor’s victory.

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Brody did use the opportunity to speak about Iraq. “I’m filled with a lot of sadness tonight because I’m accepting an award at such a strange time,” he said in his victory speech. “My experience of making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanization of people at the times of war, and the repercussions of war.”

“Whomever you believe in, if it’s God or Allah, may he watch over you, and let’s pray for a peaceful and swift resolution.”

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In 2008, four years into the war, Nicholson told AARP that he was against the war “because it’s preemptive, and we’ve never done it that way,” which is a reason to be against the war. “You can’t imagine that every person in those countries doesn’t look at Americans as invaders and occupiers.”

Of course, one Oscar winner did boycott the event: Hayao Miyazaki, who won for his masterpiece Spirited Away. In 2009, he told The LA Times, “The reason I wasn’t here for the Academy Award was because I didn’t want to visit a country that was bombing Iraq,” he said. “At the time, my producer shut me up and did not allow me to say that, but I don’t see him around today. By the way, my producer also shared in that feeling.” Cameron Diaz accepted the award on Miyazaki’s behalf.

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