| Sunday, February 04, 2007
| Martin Scorsese wins DGA award for The departed, might go on to win 2007 Oscar too
|In what could be a pointer to the 2007 Oscar awards, The Directors Guild of America named him filmmaker of the year at its awards ceremony for his Oscar nominated movie, The Departed.
Oscar observers are unanimous that bagging a DGA award is a sure indicator to the Oscar nomination trends of this year. Has always been so, will be so, it seems.
Here are some selected quotes from entertainment and movie websites on the Net:
For Scorsese, the DGA had been just as hard to win as the Oscar. Prior to Saturday, he'd been nominated—and lost—six times, coming away empty-handed for Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, GoodFellas, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York and The Aviator.
It's Scorsese's first guild prize after six previous nominations. And the award has been a solid predictor of who might win the best directing Oscar. Since the first DGA award was handed out in 1949, 51 out of 57 winners went on to Oscar gold.
Martin Scorsese won the top honour Saturday from the Directors Guild of America for his mob saga "The Departed," moving him a step closer to finally receiving Hollywood's biggest filmmaking prize at the Academy Awards.
It has become Scorsese's biggest commercial hit, and critics praised it as a welcome return to the vivid, bloody crime genre whose modern conventions the director helped pioneer in such films as "Taxi Driver" and "Goodfellas."
The self-deprecating Scorsese said he was pleased at the apparent success of the film but that he only became convinced it was doing well when the studio called with box-office revenues from the first couple of weekends.
|posted by a correspondent @ 10:09 AM