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)


Babel


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


Dreamgirls


Achievement In Visual Effects


Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest


Adapted Screenplay


The Departed


Original Screenplay


Little Miss Sunshine

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