Scorsese Joins Elite Ranks of Other Great Film-Makers


Tonight, at the 77th annual Academy Awards, Martin Scorsese joined the illustrious ranks of Robert Altman, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ingmar Bergman--impossibly influential film directors never honored by the Academy with a Best Director statue. Tonight, however, he set a new record, passing Alfred Hitchcock by for most nominations without a single award. "But surely he's had movies win for Best Picture" you say. Nope. Again, five nods, no trophies (Hitchcock at least got one of those). Scorsese's only got three more best picture misses to go before he knocks Mervyn LeRoy out of the "Batting Zero" title. He does however hold the third-place spot for movies with most nominations and no wins (for 2002's "Gangs of New York"). He's not even the Academy's biggest loser (though the Academy prefers the term "non-winner"). That dubious distinction goes to Kevin O'Connell who got passed by for the seventeenth time tonight for sound on Spider Man 2. "I'd like to thank the Academy..." for consigning one great film director after another to the world of cult classics. Thanks.


It's too bad about Scorsese, because he probably should have won a long time ago, for "Taxi Driver" or "Raging Bull" or even "Goodfellas". Now he's older, the films aren't as interesting, although he's making more ostensibly Oscar-friendly work. He seems like he's only going to be making movies with Leonardo DiCaprio from now on, so that might diminish his chances of getting even a pity Oscar.

I think it's even more criminal that Annette Bening has now been effectively bitch-slapped twice by the academy by losing yet again to the horribly man-ish Hilary Swank. Annette, my heart goes out to you. We all know you should have won for American Beauty.

Damn it, I had a sarcastic comment about Million Dollar Baby all set up but I'm afraid of spoiling it for people who haven't either seen it or, like me, not seen it but read about all the hype anyway.

i am also very upset for Martin, he is long overdue.

I wish i could have bought both Martin and Annette a shot of tequila to take the edge off.

Happy Birthday to Ron Howard, who won a most deserved Oscar for A Beautiful Mind in 2001.

Happy Birthday, Harry Belafonte. No Oscar yet, but a Tony and a Grammy.

Happy Birthday, Zack Morris! Where's your Oscar?

Happy Birthday, Christine . Your Pulitzer's in the mail.

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