With “Silence” opening in limited release this week and nationally on January 13, Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese is back in the Oscar race once more. It’s the kind of personal project about faith for which academy voters have previously taken notice (Best Director nomination for 1988’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”). On this occasion, let’s take a look back at over four decades of his great work helming all sorts of projects in our new photo gallery of his 15 top films (tour above).
The new film is based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō and tells of two Portuguese priests (Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver) in the 1600s who are sent to rescue their mentor (Liam Neeson) who was captured in Japan, having committed apostasy after being tortured. Scorsese’s movie has already been named one of 2016’s 10 best films by the American Film Institute as well as the National Board of Review, which also awarded Scorsese’s film Best Adapted Screenplay.
Scorsese, who is no stranger to Oscar, has been nominated for directing eight times — “Raging Bull” (1980), “Last Temptation” (1988), “GoodFellas” (1990), “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004), “The Departed” (2006 victory), “Hugo” (2011) and “The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He also received two Oscar noms for writing “GoodFellas” and “The Age of Innocence” (1993) and two more for producing Best Picture nominees “Hugo” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
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