One Non-War Post – Martin Scorsese And The Oscars – Will Scorsese benefit from Oscar push? – Mar. 19, 2003
Ordinarily I wouldn’t like this, but Martin Scorsese and his movies have been consistently screwed by the Academy for “feel-good” pictures like Rocky, Ordinary People and Dances With Wolves. I want him to get Best Director and I think he has a good shot on the merits of Gangs alone. Short of that, a catch-up award would be OK as well.

Martin Scorsese has a 2002 Oscar nomination for directing “Gangs of New York,” but he could win the prize instead for his work from 1976, 1980 and 1990.

Campaigning on Scorsese’s behalf, Miramax Films chief Harvey Weinstein has suggested that the Academy Awards perpetrated an injustice by not honoring him those previous years for “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” or “Goodfellas.”

Giving Scorsese the award for “Gangs of New York,” Weinstein argues, would be a good way to make it up to him.

TV and print ads for the film boast critic Richard Roeper’s quote that “Gangs” should bring Scorsese the “Academy Award he’s had coming for nearly 30 years.”

“I’ve got news for you and I’ll say this candidly: Marty would love to win the Oscar, for his body of work, for ‘Gangs of New York,’ for whatever it is. Marty would like to get one of those golden guys,” Weinstein said in a recent Entertainment Weekly interview.

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