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Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:15:00 GMT | By Norman Wilner
When Oscar says he’s sorry

Martin Scorsese

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WINNER: Martin Scorsese

WON FOR: 'The Departed'

SHOULD HAVE WON FOR: Um, a little picture called 'Raging Bull?' Or the similarly obscure 'GoodFellas?' Or 'Taxi Driver,' which he wasn't even nominated for directing in the first place? Scorsese spent the '90s and the first half of the 2000s chasing Oscar with a series of prestige projects - 'The Age of Innocence,' 'Kundun,' 'Gangs of New York' and 'The Aviator,' all of which the Academy dutifully ignored. And of course, once he stopped trying to win their love and made a movie for himself, they came around. Not that Scorsese didn't deserve the praise for 'The Departed' - it's a great little movie - but at the ceremony there was definitely a sense of a body of work being acknowledged, after far too long.