Scorsese given lifetime honour
Published 18/01/2010 | 08:23
Martin Scorsese has been presented with the Cecil B DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes by his longtime friend and collaborator Robert De Niro.
Describing his pal's obsessive love of film, De Niro teased: "Marty sleeps, drinks and eats film... I hear there are videos on the internet of Marty having sex with film."
De Niro also joked that after 20 years making movies together, they've spent the last 10 "presenting each other with awards".
"We're like an old married couple," he said. "We built a life together, we have great memories -- we just don't sleep together anymore."
But De Niro's finest line might have been wondering if the award was perhaps lesser than the man: "I can't help thinking if times were a bit different, how proud Cecil B DeMille would have been to be honoured with the Martin Scorsese Award."
Taking the stage to a standing ovation at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the veteran director acknowledged that Goodfellas didn't seemingly have much in common with DeMille's The Greatest Show On Earth.
"When I got to make my own films, no matter what they looked like, the overall intention was always to tap into the powerful cinematic experience that characterised a DeMille picture," said Scorsese.
He applauded "the big show, the spectacular" of DeMille's extravagant films, saying they were "the shared landscape of our childhood".
Leonardo DiCaprio, who joined De Niro in the introduction, called Scorsese "a master filmmaker and a generous, patient teacher," whose name defines cinema.
While the 67-year-old Scorsese was being honoured for a lifetime of work in cinema, he's as active as ever. His latest film, Shutter Island, a thriller starring DiCaprio, will be released on February 19.