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Ang Lee's Oscar award thrills Taiwanese

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Ang Lee poses with his award for best directing for "Life of Pi" during the Oscars on Sunday.

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A second Academy Award for best director has thrust Taiwan native Ang Lee into the top ranks of world filmmakers and made him a national hero on this diplomatically isolated island. Lee's victory at Hollywood's annual Oscar extravaganza on Sunday for fantasy epic "Life of Pi" followed his 2005 directorial win for "Brokeback Mountain." News of Lee's triumph electrified Taiwanese, many of whom watched a live TV broadcast of the event.
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