How does a film garner ten different Academy Award nominations and then walk away with a goose-egg? Looking at the 2003 Oscar results, it appears that Chicago razzle-dazzled Gangs of New York out of several of the awards it was up for. Not having yet seen that other 2002 film, I’m not really in a place to claim Martin Scorsese’s work got robbed, but after watching Gangs of New York, it’s hard to believe it didn’t earn at least one one of those little statuettes.
Perhaps, in keeping with the ethos of his film, Scorsese should have called out Rob Marshall and his crew for a battle royale on the red carpet. It certainly would have made for a more interesting awards ceremony. Continue reading