Most Gracious Loser

By EW Staff
Updated March 24, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

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.