Martin Scorsese is the Director’s Guild Choice

Martin Scorsese won the top honor Saturday from the Directors Guild of America for his mob saga “The Departed.” This cements his standing as the favorite to take the Oscar home for Best Director. It would be his first.

Scorsese was chosen as filmmaker of the year by his peers, his first win at the guild awards after six previous nominations. The guild winner usually goes on to win the best-director Oscar.

The self-deprecating Scorsese said he was pleased at the apparent success of the film but that he became convinced it was doing well only when the studio called with box-office revenues from the first couple of weekends.

“If you look at the graph at the spikes at where the picture is doing really great figures, it’s like looking at a veritable map of the American underworld,” such as Boca Raton, Fla., Scorsese said. “Vegas, forget about it, it was amazing.”

Many more photos (Jennifer Hudson, America Ferrera, Leelee Sobieski, Chandra Wilson, Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello, Fred Savage and Felicity Huffman) from the Directors Guild Awards red carpet after the jump.