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Martin Scorsese had a memorable Oscar moment

Most Gracious Loser

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Martin Scorsese, Oscars 2003

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.