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before oscar
by Kiera Tara O'Brien |
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The nominees arrived just before sunset. In shimmering gowns and cleanly tailored suits, they navigated through jittery publicists and camera crews, from eco-friendly chauffeured cars to the carefully prepared velvet seats that line the interior of Hollywood's Kodak Theater. As always, a lucky few ended their trek down the red carpet
clutching a golden statue and offering many thanks from the Oscar podium. This year's group of celebrated winners was headed up by three seasoned veterans of the film industry: Scorsese, Whitaker and Mirren.

After a lengthy career studded by an array of gritty and iconic pictures like Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995), Martin Scorsese was finally, and most deservedly, named Best Director for The Departed. This year's Best Actor, Forest Whitaker, took on his first high-profile title role in The Last King of Scotland. His impressive resume of supporting roles spans from Platoon (1986) and Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) to Prêt-à-Porter (1994) and The Crying Game (1992). Meanwhile, Best Actress went to Britain's beautiful and timeless chameleon, Helen Mirren, for The Queen. An actress since her youth, with films like Age of Consent (1969), Excalibur (1981) and Gosford Park (2001), The Queen wasn't her first regal moment; she was nominated for her supporting performance in The Madness of King George (1994) and won an Emmy in the title character of HBO's Elizabeth I (2005).

So, in honor of this year's biggest winners, spend some time with a few of their best noted works from a time before their grand night with Oscar: Raging Bull, The Crying Game and The Madness of King George.

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flick pick | Raging Bull 1980
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Screenplay written by: Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin
Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
Language: English
Look for it at the video store under: drama
Watch it when you're in the mood for something: brutally realistic, serious, true?!?
The critic says: / 5 the rating system explained
Oscar factor (give it another one, come on!): /5 

Plot synopsis It wasn't just that Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) "coulda been a contenda": he was one. He thrashed fighter after fighter with unrelenting, animalistic rage. With his brother Joey (Joe Pesci) as his manager in 1940s New York, Jake makes it to a title fight against legendary boxer, Sugar Ray Robinson, and snags a blonde bombshell teenage wife (Cathy Moriarty) along the way -- his proudest possession and unending source of personal pain. The mob won't let it go the honest way, though. Jake must bow to the local Godfather's will for his big shot at the Middleweight Title. Even as he focuses his violence and inner demons into his skyrocketing career, he can't keep from self-destructing. He alienates Vickie and Joey, gains a jelly belly and drops his self-named nightclub from evening hot spot to two-bit strip joint. It's the rise and fall of a boxing icon. Redemption could be his last big win, if only the bum could learn to tame the primordial beast within.

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