Friday, June 16, 2006


Will Martin Scorsese Ever Win?

I know this question has been asked countless times, but all of a sudden it seems to be a matter of principle. Will Martin Scorsese -- who, it can be argued, directed some of the best films of the last 30 years - Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas --ever win a competitive Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences? Scorsese has directed Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Robert DeNiro (Raging Bull) and Paul Newman (The Color of Money) to their Oscars. His longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker has been nominated for five, won two Oscars for Scorsese films (Raging Bull and The Aviator). And while he himself has been nominated seven times, he's never won. This fact was brought home clearly (and humorously) during the 2006 Oscar ceremony when, after the rap song "It's Hard Out There For a Pimp" won the Best Song Oscar, host Jon Stewart pointed out (as only he could do), "For those of you keeping track at home. That's now, Three 6 Mafia: one Oscar. Martin Scorsese: zero." Scorsese has The Departed on the way this year and Silence announced (both sound like close of career titles, don't they?) At, 63 years of age, will Scorsese depart and become silent without ever being able to thank the Academy?

I bet Scorcese collects an Oscar before he retires. I'm sure one of his two next movies will get him Best Director..

The 2008 film looks very interesting...
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