Although I was underwhelmed by The Departed I'd much rather he won it for this than The Aviator or... *shudder* Gangs of New York *ptoo!*.
They should have given it to him for Taxi Driver
But then again, the Academy Awards have a bad habit of giving Oscars to people long after the film they should have gotten it for. I mean, Al Pacino deserved his Oscar when he did Dog Day Afternoon
but they had to wait until he was over fifty years old and pretended to be blind in Scent of a Woman
On the other hand, anybody notice how the younger the actor the more doom-inducing an Academy Award is? I'm referring here to Charlize Theron and Halle Berry. Neither actress really impresses or offends me, but they haven't really done anything noteworthy since then.
Okay fine, Berry did something noteworthy. It was called Catwoman
and it stank. Now there's The Perfect Stranger
, which is also going to stink, I guarantee it. She's an African-American hybrid mix of Sally Field and Sandra Bullock.