Awesome: Martin Scorsese

  • It literally took 30 years after having done Taxi Driver, and by that point he'd been infamously passed over for his work in Raging Bull and GoodFellas, but one has to admit - even if it was a lifetime achievement award of sorts - that the sight of him finally winning for The Departed was oh, so rich. It helps that the long-awaited commendation was presented by long-time friends Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola and that the announcement itself was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience.

  • In the late 70s and early 80s, Scorsese was incredibly depressed and only a step or so away from committing suicide, but with the help of friends like Robert De Niro, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, he kept it together and made Raging Bull, now regarded as being not only one of his best, but one of the best movies ever, the experience of filming it helping him finally fix himself up.