Oscar Directors: Wajda, Andrzej

Another Polish filmmaker, Andrzej Wajda, made history in 1999, when he became the first ever East European director to be given an Honorary Oscar. That he received the award from a former politically-oriented actress Jane Fonda made his moment in the limelight all the more memorable. “I think to create film in a foreign language, and yet to be known and recognized by everyone is the best kind of success one can expect,” Wajda said in his eloquent acceptance speech.