Director's Cut

He lost with Raging Bull and GoodFellas. Now MARTIN SCORSESE tries, one more time, for that elusive Best Director Oscar

By now, Martin Scorsese is used to two things: being called America's finest picturemaker, and getting stiffed at the Oscars ceremony. This Sunday he will find out if he wins for Gangs of New York. This year, at the urging of Miramax Films' Harvey Weinstein, he has campaigned more aggressively for the prize. But some have found the Gangs gang too aggressive; one ad, which reprinted an Op-Ed column by former Academy president Robert Wise, caused such an uproar among other members it was hastily pulled. How much does an Oscar mean to a man with big projects but no smash...

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