Martin Scorsese bags Oscar for The Departed

MUMBAI: Martin Scorsese has finally won an Oscar for Best Director for The Departed at the 79th Academy Awards. Scorsese had waited for a statuette for almost 27 years since his first nomination. He had previously been nominated for Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1989) for Goodfellas (1991), Gangs of New York, (2003) and for The Aviator (2005).

Popular contender for Best Actress went to Helen Mirren for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen, whereas Forest Whitaker picked up his first Oscar statue for Best Actor in a lead for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland..

Mirren had been nominated in 1995 for The Madness of King George and again in 2002 for Gosford Park. On the other hand, this was Whitaker’s first nomination for an Academy Award. His past films comprised Good Morning Vietnam, The Color of Money, Panic Room, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Taking home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Little Miss Sunshine, was Alan Arkin. Former American Idol contestant turned Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson proved life is bigger than reality television. She bagged the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dreamgirls.

Graham King collected an Oscar for The Departed for the Best Picture. King had been nominated in 2005 for The Aviator but lost to Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby.

In the Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year, Deepa Mehta’s Water starring Seema Biswas, John Abraham and Lisa Ray, which was an entry from Canada, lost out to German movie The Lives Of Others.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Forest Whitaker – The Last King Of Scotland


Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role

Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine


Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role

Helen Mirren – The Queen

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role

Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls

Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year

Happy Feet

Achievement In Art Direction

Pan’s Labyrinth

Achievement In Cinematography

Pan’s Labyrinth

Achievement In Costume Design

Marie Antoinette

Achievement In Directing

The Departed

Best Documentary Feature

An Inconvenient Truth


Best Documentary Short Subject

The Blood Of Yingzhou District

Achievement In Film Editing

The Departed

Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year

The Lives Of Others

Achievement In Makeup

Pan’s Labyrinth

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score)


Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song)

“I Need To Wake Up” – An Inconvenient Truth

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

The Departed

Best Animated Short Film

The Danish Poet

Best Live Action Short Film

West Bank Story


Achievement In Sound Editing

Letters From Iwo Jima


Achievement In Sound Mixing


Achievement In Visual Effects

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Adapted Screenplay

The Departed

Original Screenplay

Little Miss Sunshine