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Poland's 'Ida' Gets Big Oscar Bang by Staying Small

As Polish-British filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski reflected on the two Oscar nominations scored by his austere black-and-white drama “Ida” on Thursday, he considered the irony of how his little film landed him his biggest success. “It's an amazing, wonderful paradox, isn't it?” said Pawlikowski, 57, who watched the nominations on a coffee shop television while on vacation in Mexico. Spurning bigger movie offers to stay on the fringes and using a small budget how he pleased gave him...

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