For his exceptional performance, The Pianist received the Oscar in the Best Actor category, leaving Nicolas Cage biting nails in the audience. Adrien Brody digs deep into character and his physical commitment to his roles have become his acting trademark. He enjoys artistic roles, but also wields much power in his portrayal of mentally challenged characters, also making him a hot choice for psycho-thriller directors. Born to a Polish photographer, Brody studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Starting his career from a television film, he took a prominent role in Summer of Sam. However, it was his powerful acting in The Pianist that not only earned him an Oscar, but also made him the youngest star, at age 27, to receive an Oscar for a leading role.