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unpleasant because I'd already begun the press for a film that I wasn't really in." Refused to sink deeper in this gloomy situation, he moved on to film his other 1999 projects, namely "Summer of Sam", "Oxygen", and "Liberty Heights" which all exhibited his solid also convincing enactments. His career went steady by the following years as he managed to secure major roles in "Harrison's Flowers" (2000), "Love the Hard Way" (2001), and "The Affair of the Necklace" (2001) opposite Hilary Swank.
To his surprise, an invitation to join audition for Roman Polanski's work, "The Pianist" (2002), was addressed to him after a casting agent saw the DVD of "The Thin Red Line" in which his deep performance was clearly visible to everyone comparing that in the theatrical release. As the veteran director picked him up to be pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, the lead character of this film, Adrien had to undergo an awful process in which he was left isolated and starving in Poland so that he could understand the sorrow Szpilman had to deal with. Also learned to play piano and lost 30 pounds of his weight, he successfully displayed such a stunning and gritty portrayal in this touching story about the Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Huge accolades along with critical praise immediately followed, leading him to be nominated at prestigious award events, such as Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and BAFTA.
Adrien's career reached its peak when he was finally named the Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 75th Annual Academy Awards held in 2003, being the youngest person to obtain the honor at the age of 29. This attainment unmistakably boosted his status to be an A-list actor and directed him to receive widespread acknowledgment he strove for as well as considerable popularity. Consistently provoked rave reviews from the critics, he afterwards appeared in various film genres as seen in "The Singing Detective" (2003), "The Village" (2004), and "The Jacket" (2005). The same year of "Jacket" release also saw him in Peter Jackson's "King Kong", which turned out to be a very profitable movie with total worldwide gross of around $549.4 million.
Found dating Spanish actress Elsa Pataky after breaking up with Michelle Dupont, Adrien continued his path rather smoothly for the four years ahead. In 2006, he appeared in mystery thriller drama "Hollywoodland" followed by another performance in