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Friday 17 November 2017

Scorsese and DiCaprio's joint award

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will be jointly honoured at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will be jointly honoured at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are to receive a joint award for their long-running film collaboration.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) will honour the director and the actor with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the festival this year.

Scorsese and DiCaprio will be celebrated for their collaboration which has produced five highly acclaimed films including Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, Shutter Island, The Departed and their latest effort The Wolf Of Wall Street, due out later this month.

SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said: "Scorsese and DiCaprio's partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart - and even Scorsese and De Niro."

The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of those who have forged their own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Past recipients include Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.

Scorsese, 71, is an Oscar-winning director whose portfolio of classics includes Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation Of Christ and Goodfellas. He has also directed numerous documentaries including No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, and currently serves as executive producer on HBO's hit series Boardwalk Empire for which he directed the pilot episode.

DiCaprio is a multi award-winning actor and a three-time Oscar-nominee for his roles in Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond, Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, and Lasse Hallstrom's What's Eating Gilbert Grape.

His credits also include starring in James Cameron's Titanic, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Christopher Nolan's Inception, Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and Danny Boyle's The Beach.

Through his production company Appian Way, the 39-year-old actor helped produce Shutter Island and The Aviator, as well as The Ides Of March, Red Riding Hood, Orphan and Public Enemies. He wrote, produced and narrated the acclaimed environmental documentary The 11th Hour and has fronted many campaigns to promote environmental campaigns.

The 29th Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs from January 30 to February 9.

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