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Departed wins Best Picture, Director, Editing, Adapted Screenplay
  • The Departed has won Best Picture, Director for Martin Scorsese, Film Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker and Best Original Screenplay for Willian Monahan at the Academy Awards. Congratulations to the cast and crew. It's the first film that Matt has been in which has won Best Picture, and he's also memorably in the film which won Scorsese his first Oscar.
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    From: jeff_in_utah Date: February 26th, 2007 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
    Congrats, indeed, to all involved -- it'll be fun to read Matt's comments on Scorcese's win in the next few days.

    - Jeff in Salt Lake City
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
    Congratulations to martin scorsese, i am so happy for him. and omg i was so shocked that the departed won best picture, that is so great! i thought for sure babel or little miss sunshine would win.

    -Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2007 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
    Saw the Good Shepherd and all I can say is WOW!!! I loved it, the story held my attention from beginning to end. There were so many twist and turns, most of which I didn't see coming and I loved the slow build up to the end, I found it incredibly moving. Every performance was faultless (I'm not a fan of Angelina Jolie but this is the best I have ever seen her, Clover is the first time I've seen her play a vunerable character and she really nailed it).

    But it was Matt's movie from start to finish, he was perfect and faultless. I love that he didn't try to make Edward sympathetic or that we should feel sorry for him. He took responsibility for the choices he made and the cost to his heart, mind, soul and family were written on his face.

    My estimation of Matt as an actor has now gone through the roof. I can't think of another actor in Hollywood who is on the same level he is. He's totally in a class of his own and has set a benchmark others will find hard to reach. Whatever Di Caprio's reasons for pulling out of the film I can't help thinking that part of his reason may have been that he realised he didn't have the ability to do the role.

    I do have a couple of small reservations though: Billy Crudup's English accent... oh dear! And the American confusion over the British and English flag. For such a meticulously researched movie that scene where Matt gives his son the ship in the bottle really jumped out at me.

    Also, heard a glowing review of the movie before I saw it on Radio 2 on Friday night. Their film critic went to see it with much trepidation due to the mixed reviews she'd already heard, but she adored it and praised it to high heaven. All in all a good weekend. MP
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2007 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
    Congratulations to all involved in The Departed. I didn't see the Oscars, but will watch highlights tonight. Did Martin Scorsese mention Matt in his speech?

    Thanks MP for you TGS review. I will go on Friday.

    Jan
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    OSCAR NIGHT IS A BIG CELEBRATION FOR ME AND MY UNCLE AND WE ALWAYS HAVE AN OSCAR PARTY, WE JUMPED 10 FEET OUT OF OUR CHAIRS WHEN THE DEPARTED WON I THOUGHT FOR SURE IT WAS GOING TO BE LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. I LOVED HOW THEY INCLUDED THE SCENE OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD IN THE OSCARS HOMAGE TO AMERICAN CINEMA THEY PICKED A WONDERFUL SCENE WITH MATT AND JOE PESCI.(EXCUSE MY SPELLING ITS LATE HERE IN AUSTRLIA) TO PUT THAT MOVIE IN AMONGST SOME ABSOLUTE CLASSICS HAS TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE FILM. I AM SOO HAPPY FOR MARTY FINALLY WINNING AN OSCAR FOR DIRECTING AND AT LEAST BY WINNING BEST PICTURE ALSO IT WASN'T SEEN AS A PITY TROPHY FOR BEING NOMINATED SOO MANY TIMES, VERY DESERVING.
    MARTY DID THANK MATT IN HIS SPEECH BUT BOTH MARTY AND THE PRODUCER BASICALLY WERE SENDING ALL THEIR PRAISE TO LEO, YOU WOULD THINK HE WAS THE ONLY LEAD IN THE FILM. STILL IT WAS A WONDERFUL AWARDS SHOW. WISH MATT WAS THERE.
    KYLIE AUSTRALIA
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Why wasn't Matt Damon at the Oscars

    I thought it was odd that Matt wasn't there. Hope there is not a problem. I'd love to see Matt and Leo do another film together.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 26th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Why wasn't Matt Damon at the Oscars

    I suspect he wasn't there as he probably doesn't like those sort of events. Perhaps had he not been in the middle of filming Ultimatum he may have gone to support Scorsese. But bearing in mind that his role seems to have been played down in Departed by everyone involved - I can really understand why he didn't go. Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 26th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Why wasn't Matt Damon at the Oscars

    Matt was never going to go to the Oscars when he wasn't nominated - and it's got nothing to do with not supporting Scorsese. It's seen as bad form to attend if you're not a nominee (not counting fame-hungry types there to promote their next movie or be seen up on stage). He wasn't filming Bourne on those days with Greengrass at the Oscars, but doesn't need to attend or 'be seen' at the Oscar week parties. Unlike Ben, riding his last wave of Hollywoodland good press to the very end.

    For the record, my list of Matt mentions and references during the Oscar show:

    - Matt narrated the Departed clip with Leo
    - A moment from Ripley was briefly shown in the Sherry Lansing tribute
    - The Joe Pesci scene and quote from Good Shepherd was included in the 'in America' tribute
    - Scorsese mentioned Matt in his acceptance speech (after fawning over Leo and Jack)
    - In the clip for Best Picture nominees

    I thought Graham King's speech for winning Best Picture was pretty dreadful, and even more overt fawning over Leo ("I love you Leo") and even promotion of Leo's other film - get over him.

    The transcript of the Scorsese win is here:
    http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/news.php?id=5406

    (including)
    And so much of this belongs to the cast, I can't tell you. Jack Nicholson for his courage and his inspiration. Leo DiCaprio, six-and-a-half year's work we've done together. I hope another 12, another 15. Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Ray Winstone and Vera Farmiga and Marty Sheen.
    From: sunnysanstar Date: February 26th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Why wasn't Matt Damon at the Oscars

    >Unlike Ben, riding his last wave of Hollywoodland good press to the very >end.

    Ouch, you had me up until then. Ben was asked to present, it's not like something you volunteer to do, I'm sure. Though, even I must admit, they probably invited him as way of saying, "We're sorry, you put in an incredible performance in Hollywoodland, but seeing as how we're a popularity contest, here's a consolation prize!" I'm inclined to say it's the same deal with Matt. How else do you explain having two great performances in TGS & TD get looked over, especially so close to the awards season?

    I went to bed by 11:30 (the time the oscars were supposed to be over with had it not been for that god awful mini production of Dreamgirls) and I tivoed the rest, but having heard what you've had too say about the last act, Felicity, I think I'll be deleting it before even watching it. If all Matt got was a blurb of a mention, then there's no point in me watching it. The Departed, with the exception of a few standout performances, was the best of the mediocre and Scorsese got it because we can't turn back time to 1990. Ugh.

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