The Pianist has a deep connection for director Roman Polanski as he escaped the Kraków Ghetto after his mother's death. He was separated from his father during the war and lived on a farm in Poland in hiding while his father endured the Nazi camp he was put into. It wasn't until after World War II ended that they were re-united. The film would go on to win three Academy Awards. One for Adrien Brody as Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Adapted Screenplay and an Oscar for Best Director for Roman Polanski. It also earned Best Picture and Actor nominations at the 60th Golden Globe Awards.
The film is based on the autobiographical account of Władysław Szpilman whose book of the same title was the inspiration for the screenplay and subsequent film. Adrien Brody was cast in the lead role after Polanski saw 1,400 actors that did not suite what he was looking for in someone to play Szpilman. Brody was chosen after the director and he met in Paris. Joseph Fiennes was the director's original first choice but he was unable to participate in the film due to scheduling conflicts. The film would become the platform that would change Brody's career and bring Polanski back into prominence as a director.