Scorsese Gets His Oscar

A Very Happy Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese Wins Finally!

The following blog was written Sunday February 25, 2007.

I didn't think too much beforehand about Martin Scorsese winning for best director because he lost so many times with films I thought were SO much better than the films and the direction of those winning films. It's ironic that of all the films, Scorsese wins for one of the worst of the films he was nominated for. "The Departed" was a great film, but small in comparison to his past nominations. It's bitter sweet to see him receive the Oscar from his pals Spielberg, Lucas and Coppola. It almost seemed as if it was planned that way. I'd like to thank the Academy for finally recognizing Martin Scorsese. Now go back back and see "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas," "Taxi Driver," "The Aviator" and countless films directed by Scorsese.

Oddly enough I really thought Clint Eastwood was going to win because "Letters From Iwo Jima" was not only fantastic, but better than any film he'd directed before. (Yeah, I wasn't a fan of "Unforgiven.") Scorcese should have recently won for "The Aviator" when Clint won for "Million Dollar Baby" and Clint should have won for "Letters." The Academy does seem to sympathize with some artists. It's just great to finally see Martin's hands around the prize.

Win, Forrest, win!!! Really the one thing I really wanted to see and expected to see was Forrest Whitaker win for best actor. He's already known as one of the best actors of our time. It was just waiting for the right role to come along. "The Last King of Scotland" provided that outlet. His acceptance speech made his win that much better.

Although Eddie Murphy really had an amazing performance in "Dreamgirls" and I would have been very happy for him, I'm overly excited that Alan Arkin won for best supporting actor. "Little Miss Sunshine" was my favorite film of the year.

Not an American Idol fan, I was blown away by Jennifer Hudson's singing, her incredible voice and just expolding in "Dreamgirls." What a performance!

I was very happy to see "West Bank Story" win for best short film live action. It's a hysterical musical 'West Side Story' spoof about an Israeli and a Palestinian falafel restaurants in competition. It's so funny if you get a chance to see it.
http://www.westbankstory.com

"Babel" I was glad to see win for original score as the film had various musical influences.

It was really nice to see the diversity of films that represented different parts of the world and that the Academy is starting to recognize films that have more of a global message. There's hope for us filmmakers looking to change the world.

Like every year there are films that I feel have escaped the Academy. One film in particular this year was "Thank You For Smoking."

If Martin Scorsese can win after 26 years of great filmmaking, and long-time independent Forrest Whitaker can win, an American Idol reject and Eddie Murphy can be nominated, you too can follow a dream.

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