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  • Daniel B.
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    Which film directed by Martin Scorsese do you think was least deserving of an Oscar nomination for Best Director?

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    Anthony
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    I ended up voting for The Last Temptation of Christ….such a random nomination and definitely a messy film in my eyes…though Gangs of New York wasn’t far off for my vote.

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    Renaton
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    Gangs of New York. Great intro, but the film continues to slowly deflate as it goes on. Christ at least has Scorsese branching out of his range.

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    Beau S.
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    The Aviator. Scorsese’s only film to date that I haven’t enjoyed in the slightest beyond Blanchett’s terrific performance.

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    JayDF
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    The Last Temptation of Christ & Gangs of New York certainly had their problems, but The Aviator was so safe and BORING!!!  Blanchett was the only thing that kept me awake.  I vote THE AVIATOR.

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    Riley
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    Hugo: Who was the target demographic for that?

    The Aviator featured a tremendous performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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    Icky
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    Hugo: Who was the target demographic for that?

    Movie fans? It was my number 3 movie of the year, though admittedly it was a poor year for films. Still, it’s the best thing he’s done since Goodfellas.

    Gangs of New York is just an awkward, cheesy clunker. If it’s not his worst movie it’s definitely his most disappointing.

    I’m not a big fan of ‘Temptation’ or The Departed, but they both have their brilliant moments. It’s unfortunate he broke through at the Oscars with The Departed considering how low it ranks among his best movies and how good of a movie year 2006 was.

    I still support The Aviator. It was one of the year’s best, and it’s at least a half masterpiece even if it was too self-conscious to have been truly great. It’s better than that drab, weepy Two Dollar Baby.

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    Renaton
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    So films now need to fit in demographics to be valid?

    Either way, I really enjoyed the film when it came out and I still do. It’s really good. And it’s the film that best translates Scorsese’s love for film history, film preservation and romantic classicism. I don’t think it’s the all out fantastic film I initially thought of as, although I do think it’s still great. 

    I agree The Aviator should’ve beaten Million Dollar Baby. I actually think it would be great if we could have them switch: Scorsese wins for The Aviator, and Eastwood wins for Letters Of Iwo Jima. It’s what would’ve happened too if Scorsese had taken the oscar over MDB that year. 

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    Halo_Insider
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    What was the status of Last Temptation throughout the awards season? Was it seen as a player at all? I know Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert liked it, but it seems like it kind of flew under the radar for the most part, making the Director nom stand out as peculiar.  

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    Renaton
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    He won Director at LAFCC, and the film had a few Globes nods (back when they mattered), so it must not have been totally random.

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    I ended up voting for The Last Temptation of Christ….such a random nomination and definitely a messy film in my eyes…though Gangs of New York wasn’t far off for my vote.

    It’s not random. It’s the directors branch lone nomination. The directors branch often goes away from the beaten path of a potential best picture candidate for an auteur they believe in.

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