1. Martin Scorsese At Last http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbbzaS8rcak "Could you double check the envelope." It was twenty six years after his first Best Director nomination for the film 'Raging Bull' (1981) that cinema legend Martin Scorsese finally won his Academy Award in 2007 for 'The Departed.' The roar of approval and the standing ovation that followed as he took to the stage showed what a popular winner he was. Having been snubbed in the directorial category for a string of all-time great films including 'Goodfellas', 'Mean Streets', 'Taxi Driver', The King of Comedy' and 'Casino' it seemed the Academy was awarding an unofficial lifetime achievement award rather than for just 'The Departed' itself. In his typical style his speech was confident and funny as he talked like he was surrounded by friends rather than accepting an Oscar. Normally it is the height of a director's career to win an Oscar and they chase it throughout their careers. Marty made the Academy come to him.
2. Christopher Plummer Waits Even Longer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=883H6gNZyGM "You're only two years older than me, darling. Where have you been all my life?" By winning Best Supporting Actor for 'Beginners' at the 2012 Academy Awards, Christopher Plummer became not only the oldest ever winner in that category but, aged 82 years and 75 days, the oldest person to ever win an Oscar and only the third person over the age of 80 to do so in the history of the awards. The mischievous twinkle in his eye as he spoke suggested there is still plenty left to come in the career of this Canadian legend.