Scorsese Finally Scores An Oscar
After being nominated six times for a best director Oscar, Martin Scorsese finally held the award in his hands Sunday night. Moreover, The Departed, the film that he won it for, also was awarded the top prize as best picture, which was accepted by producer Graham King. "So many people have been wishing this for me and my family," Scorsese told the audience at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and a worldwide TV audience. "People walking down the street, every time I go to the doctor's office, when I go in for an X-ray, everyone has been telling me I deserve it and they want me to win it." The movie also won for best adapted screenplay (William Monahan) and for best editing (Thelma Schoonmaker). There were no surprises among the other major awards. Helen Mirren received the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen; Forest Whitaker, the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland; Jennifer Hudson, the best supporting actress Oscar for Dreamgirls; and Alan Arkin, the best supporting actor Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine.