is a devastating blow. Just ask Martin Scorsese, who until 2007 failed to win the Academy Award for Best Director despite a succession of fantastic films.
Scorsese, since his directorial debut in 1963, had managed a massive 59 Oscar nominations prior to the release of The Departed. Five of these nominations were for Best Director, for film classics such as Raging Bull, The Aviator and Goodfellas.
Film fans all over the world will be aware that Goodfellas was nominated for six Academy Awards, with Joe Pesci scooping the film’s only gong for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Despite the Academy’s apparent failure to praise the film adequately, many other polls and award ceremonies were more just in their decisions.
Various film awards were presented to the film, its cast and of course the film’s director Martin Scorsese.