Last night Martin Scorsese was once again denied a Best Director award. And to no great surprise it went to an actor/director, Clint Eastwood. This is the third time Scorsese has lost to an actor. First when he was nominated for Raging Bull in 1981 he lost to Robert Redford for the long-winded and boring Ordinary People then again in 1990 when he was nominated for Goodfellas he lost to Kevin Costner for the wanky piece of garbage Dances with Wolves. In the long run will Million Dollar Baby stand up to the lyrical epic quality of The Aviator? I don’t think so.
I think the Academy has once again made a serious mistake and are only adding to their legacy of incompetence. At least Marty is in good company, Fellini, Altman, Hitchcock, Antonioni and Kurosawa have all been denied Oscars, Altman and Hitchcock five times as well. Maybe number 6 will be the charm for Scorsese.
The positives of the night for me were seeing Jamie Foxx receive his well deserved award for Ray and Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry for their amazing Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind screenplay. It almost makes up for Gondry not being nominated for Best Director and Scorsese getting snubbed again. Almost.