Twenty-six years and seven snubs after his first Oscar nomination, for ""Raging Bull,"" Martin Scorsese finally felt the warm embrace of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as he was named best director and his murderous mob thriller ""The Departed"" was named the best picture of 2006.
""Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith"" became the year's first movie blockbuster and set some historic benchmarks as it rode a record-breaking debut on Thursday to the biggest sales ever for a four-day opening, $158.5 million.
Michael Moore's anti-Bush ""Fahrenheit 9/11"" became the highest-grossing documentary of all time on its first weekend in release, taking in $21.8 million as it packed theaters across the United States.
From Singapore to Stockholm to New York to Mexico City, fans lined up this weekend to see the final cinematic episode of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, ""The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,"" part of a growing global moviegoing phenomenon.