Howard Hughes: [as Hepburn leaves him] Actresses are cheap in this town - and I got a lot of money.
Yet another superb movie from masterful director -- Martin Scorsese, who lost the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture to Movie #16 and Leonardo DiCaprio losing to Jamie Foxx's Ray makes this one unlucky movie as it deserves to win Oscars in this category, especially DiCaprio, who gave one of the finest performances of his career.
Other notable performances include Cate Blanchett (who won an Oscar for her performance) as Katharine Hepburn, Alan Alda as Senator Owen Brewster, John C. Reilly as Noah Dietrich and Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner; these and many others involved in the movie were really exceptional in bringing such an engaging and wonderful film to fore.
And finally the effects were surreal, with the planes especially "The Hercules" and the crashes, the costume design was amazing, but most of all the Cinematography, which was absolutely fantastic. This is an admirable biopic that shows the greatness that can be achieved by simply "doing" -- (with of course a mountain of cash at your disposal).
NB: The Aviator went on to win a total of five Academy Awards, four BAFTAs and three Golden Globes.