Fox411’s Roger Friedman wrote yesterday that The Departed director Martin Scorsese “got a big surprise Friday night and scored an upset victory at the Critics’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica…it was Scorsese’s best showing ever at an awards show and a legitimate one at that. He joked to the crowd: ‘It’s the first [film] I tried to make that has a plot.'”
But of course, Scorsese winning a Best Director trophy from critics groups has been a foregone conclusion for many, many weeks. How can one call it an upset when this happens?
Friedman also says “this big win for The Departed puts a slight dent in what looked like a sure Oscar win for Dreamgirls.”