The Directors’ Guild of America has named Hollywood legend Martin Scorsese best film director for 2007 for his gangster drama “The Departed.”
The award puts him in the front-running to win his first Oscar at the Academy Awards later this month.
Fifty-one out of the 57 other Guild winners have won the gold statuette.
“The Departed” stars Matt Damon as a mole who has infiltrated the police and Leonardo Di Caprio as a cop who has gone undercover in a mob network. It has grossed more than any other Scorsese film and critics have praised it as a welcome return to vivid crime drama.
The modest movie-maker said he was not expecting the honour – his first Guild award. He said he just wanted to make a good film that people would enjoy.