Monday, February 26, 2007

The Departed: Best Movie Oscar

Looks like Martin Scorcese has finally won his Oscar for Best Director: and the movie, The Departed, also got Best Picture:

On a night when Hollywood seemed unsure of what it liked, "The Departed" became the first crime story since 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs" to win an Academy Award as best picture. Its five nominations yielded four prizes, making it the top winner on an evening when the love of Oscar voters was spread widely but not particularly deep.

Each of the other four best picture nominees -- "Babel," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "The Queen" -- took home at least one prize, and the dark fantasy "Pan's Labyrinth" won three prizes of the six for which it was in contention.

Despite all that largesse, the night was surely sweetest for Martin Scorsese, who won his first directing Oscar for "The Departed" after failing in five previous nominations. His prize redressed a long-standing wrong that saw the most revered American director of the past three-plus decades Oscar-less while such part-time directors as Mel Gibson and Kevin Costner had beaten him head-to-head.

The best part of the report though is the final para:

In addition, Jerry Seinfeld performed a brief bit of stand-up, there were weird little unexplained dance pieces, and a comic song of sorts was performed by the troika of Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly. The resulting tedium gave new life to the perennial Oscar night conundrum: How does a business full of entertainers come together every year to produce such a lifeless evening?


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