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BAFTA Awards 2012

Martin Scorsese, who will be awarded a BAFTA fellowship at this year’s cere-mony, is the academy’s all-time favorite director, judged simply by the number of nominations.

BAFTA was quicker than the Oscars to recognize Scorsese’s talent, with a directing nod in 1974 for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Any More,” which also won for top film, lead actress for Ellen Burstyn, supporting actress for Diane Ladd and original screenplay for Robert Getchell.

More directing nominations followed for “Taxi Driver” and “The King of Comedy” (though notably not for “Raging Bull”), before Scorsese finally took home three BAFTA masks of his own in 1990, when “Goodfellas” won best picture, director and adapted screenplay.

He picked up BAFTA/LA’s Britannia Award in 1994, then went through a lull until his resurgence in the 21st century with directing nods for “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed.” He recently picked up two further nominations at BAFTA’s TV awards for “No Direction Home” and “Boardwalk Empire.”

This year, he’s personally nominated again for directing “Hugo,” his love letter to film restoration and 3D that got nine nods in total, and for documentary with “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”

Scorsese’s tally of eight directing nods (including one win) tops that of his nearest rival, Steven Spielberg (five with one win). Woody Allen actually has more nods and wins than either, but mostly for original screenplay rather than direction.

Aside from Scorsese’s personal awards, his films have won numerous BAFTAs for other people. The list includes music (Bernard Herrmann) and newcomer (Jodie Foster) for “Taxi Driver”; editing (Thelma Schoonmaker) and newcomer (Joe Pesci) for “Raging Bull”; original screenplay (Paul D. Zimmerman) for “The King of Comedy”; editing (Schoonmaker again) and costume design (Richard Bruno) for “Goodfellas”; supporting actress (Miriam Margolyes) for “The Age of Innocence”; actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) for “Gangs of New York”; and best film, supporting actress (Cate Blanchett), production design (Dante Ferretti) and makeup & hair (Morag Ross, Kathryn Blondell and Sian Grigg) for “The Aviator.”

BAFTA Awards 2012
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