Well, it looks like Martin Scorsese's new favorite number is seven, as it took that many DGA nominations to finally land a win. But is it his best work? The legendary director took home the DGA's (Directors Guild of America) feature film prize for The Departed, beating out Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris(Little Miss Sunshine) and Stephen Frears (The Queen), after first being nominated all the way back in 1976 for Taxi Driver. He was also the only repeat nominee up for the award.
Throughout the years, Scorsese was nominated another five times (Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, Gangs of New York, The Aviator), and received the DGA's lifetime achievement award in 2003. But, it took a remake of the Hong Kong flick Infernal Affairs and one of the greatest casts ever assembled to (finally!) break through into the winner's circle. So, does this mean he is guaranteed the Oscar? You'd think that -- the DGA's pick has matched Oscar's pick in 52 out of 58 awards -- but, as we all know by now, anything is possible.