Scorsese to Receive Honorary Golden Globe

11/12/2009 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Rob Stammitti

After a prolific and critically acclaimed career spanning three decades and no hint of quitting anytime soon, master auteur Martin Scorsese is being honored at this year's Golden Globes with the Cecille B. Demille award. Voted for and administered by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the award has also gone to Scorsese's peers such as Steven Spielberg and Clint Eastwood.

Scorsese has been twice awarded by the HFPA with the Best Director Golden Globe, for his films "The Departed" and "Gangs of New York," and before that he was nominated for "Casino," "Age of Innocence," "Goodfellas," and "Raging Bull."

I can't think of any modern filmmaker more deserving of such an award.

Though known predominately for his gangster films, most starring his early muse Robert De Niro, Scorsese is an incredibly varied director, with many of his best films ranging from absurdist comedies (the underrated "After Hours" and "The King of Comedy") to dense and informative documentaries ("A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies"). He's also shown a unique eye for the music/concert film. He's worked with Canadian rock group The Band ("The Last Waltz"), the Rolling Stones ("Shine a Light"), and he even directed a decades-spanning look at Bob Dylan's life and career ("No Direction Home").

Not only that, but he was also involved in a PBS documentary called "Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues," a seven-feature long look at blues music. His most recent work with frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio has proven just as critically successful as ever.

With so many intriguing and different projects on the way, including his thriller "Shutter Island" coming next year, Scorsese shows no sign of stopping. Few directors are as talented, consistent, and long-lasting, and I'm certain the best is yet to come.

"The 67th Annual Golden Globes," hosted by comedian Ricky Gervais, will air on January 17, 2010. Nominations can be expected in mid-December.


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