Martin Scorsese, the director of ”Gangs of New York,” had never won an Oscar, and he and Miramax had been campaigning hard for him to win one this year – so hard that they may have alienated some voters. Still, when another directing great who had never won – Roman Polanski – was named best director for ”The Pianist” (a shocker, since it was thought that the Academy wouldn’t honor a man who couldn’t attend the ceremony without getting arrested on 25-year-old statutory rape charges), Scorsese was the first to stand and lead an ovation for the absent winner.
Posted March 24 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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