My brain knows that awards are just popularity contests that are vaguely related to perceptions about talent. My heart does not. It leaps when a cinematic giant is awarded for something... especially if they've had to wait a long time.
Martin Scorsese's directorial gifts have won him legendary status with cineastes, many critics and festival prizes, two Golden Globes, two NBRs and one BAFTA. But curiously the man who made Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence and many more has been denied the top two competitive directorial prizes: The Directors Guild Award and the Oscar. Last night the DGA finally became his for his great work on The Departed.
One down. One to go?