A few thoughts about Scorsese The fact is that it is not only actors that get passed over for Oscar’s, but also great directors. It came as a huge surprise to many that the 2007 prize was the first ever Oscar for one of the greatest directors of all time; Martin Scorsese.
Scorsese’s CV reads like a top ten list of some of the greatest films ever made; Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Aviator, Gangs of New York, Goodfellas, not bad for an Italian/American from Queens. Much of Scorsese’s works have addressed his own ancestry, and he has notably cast actors with the same heritage; Robert De Niro, Leonardo de Caprio and Ray Liotta to name a few.
His films also contain themes such as Roman Catholicism and the church’s concepts of redemption and guilt, modern crime, machoism and violence. His heroes are never typical good guys, but such is their creation that you find yourself empathising with, and rooting for, these anti heroes such as the socially inept Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, a man with no real redeeming features but you feel his pain as he battles inner demons.
It is this kind of character development that makes Martin Scorsese stand out in the crowd. You are never left wondering, or feeling unfulfilled, his films are complete stories that evoke emotions, attack your senses and in some case leave you reeling and unable to comprehend what you have just seen. His take on the mafia and gangsters are graphically intense with characters you would hate in real life, but are taken into their world and embrace it.
Now 69, Scorsese’s latest effort, for which he has received yet another Oscar nomination, is the quirky and thought provoking Hugo, about a small boy who lives in the clocks of a French railway station. While some have criticised Hugo and said that Scorsese has lost his edge, there are still his distinctive signatures in place in terms of the character development and the uncertainty of what is coming next.