Martin Scorsese to receive DeMille Award at Golden Globes

Posted by · 10:07 am · November 12th, 2009

Martin ScorseseThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association has just revealed that the annual Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement will be presented to Martin Scorsese at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony on January 17.

Anyone, anywhere, have a problem with this? Didn’t think so.

You may remember that Scorsese himself presented Steven Spielberg with the award earlier this year, so they’re not exactly digging very deep for their honorees, but sometimes the obvious choices are the right ones. In any case, the Globes have quite a few names to catch up on: prior to Spielberg’s citation, the last full-time filmmaker (as opposed to actor-turned-director) to receive the honor was Alfred Hitchcock in 1975.

So congratulations to Scorsese, whose DeMille Award will join his Golden Globe bookends for “Gangs of New York” and “The Departed.” His presentation joins Ricky Gervais’s hosting on the list of reasons to look forward to the ceremony even more than usual. (And hey, kudos to the Globes for still actually, uh, televising their honorary awards.)

Full press release after the cut.

HOLLYWOOD, CA–(Marketwire – November 12, 2009) – Martin Scorsese will be honored at “The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards” on January 17 with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his “outstanding contribution to the entertainment field.” The award, voted by the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, was announced by Vera Farmiga at a morning press conference. The show, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live coast to coast Sunday, January 17 on NBC (5 to 8 pm PT, 8 to 11 pm ET) from The Beverly Hilton.

Scorsese received two Golden Globe Awards for “Best Director of a Motion Picture”; for “The Departed” and “Gangs of New York.” He received five additional Golden Globe nominations, including four as Best Director (“Casino,” “Age of Innocence,” “Goodfellas,” and Raging Bull”) and one for Best Screenplay for “Raging Bull” (with Nicolas Pileggi).

Recent Cecil B. DeMille winners include Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006), Robin Williams (2005) and Michael Douglas (2004).

Martin Scorsese was born in 1942 in New York City, and was raised in the downtown neighborhood of Little Italy, which later provided the inspiration for several of his films. Scorsese earned a BS degree in film communications in 1964, followed by an MA in the same field in 1966 at New York University’s School of Film. During this time, he made numerous prize-winning short films, including “The Big Shave.”

In 1968, Scorsese directed his first feature film, entitled “Who’s That Knocking at My Door?” He served as Assistant Director and an editor of the documentary “Woodstock” in 1970, and won critical and popular acclaim for his 1973 film “Mean Streets.” Scorsese directed his first documentary film, “Italianamerican,” in 1974.

In 1976, Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed with “New York, New York” in 1977, “The Last Waltz” in 1978, and “Raging Bull” in 1980, which received five Golden Globe Award Nominations and eight Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture and Best Director. Scorsese went on to direct “The Color of Money,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “Goodfellas,” “Cape Fear,” “Casino,” “Kundun” and “The Age of Innocence,” among other films.

In 1996, Scorsese completed a 4-hour documentary, “A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies,” co-directed by Michael Henry Wilson. The documentary was commissioned by the British Film Institute to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of cinema. In 2001, Scorsese released “Il Mio Viaggio In Italia,” an epic documentary that affectionately chronicles his love for Italian Cinema. His long-cherished project, “Gangs of New York,” was released in 2002, earning numerous critical honors.

In 2003, PBS broadcast the seven-film documentary series “Martin Scorsese Presents: The Blues.” “The Aviator” was released in December of 2004 and earned five Academy Awards in addition to the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for Best Picture. In 2005, “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” was broadcast as part of the “American Masters” series on PBS and released on DVD worldwide by Paramount Home Entertainment.

Scorsese’s most recent feature, “The Departed,” was released to critical acclaim in October 2006 and has been honored with the Golden Globe, Director’s Guild of America, New York Film Critics, National Board of Review and Critic’s Choice awards for Best Director, in addition to four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. “Shine A Light,” Scorsese’s documentary of the Rolling Stones in concert was released worldwide April 4, 2008.

He is currently in post production on “Shutter Island” due for release in the spring of 2010 and he is executive producer on the upcoming HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire.” Scorsese’s additional awards and honors include the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival (1995), the AFI Life Achievement Award (1997), the Honoree at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s 25th Gala Tribute (1998), and the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award (2003) and The Kennedy Center Honors (2007).

Scorsese is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history. At the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Scorsese launched the World Cinema Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of neglected films from around the world, with special attention paid to those developing countries lacking the financial and technical resources to do the work themselves. Scorsese is the founder and chair.

“The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards” will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Philip Berk is President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Orly Adelson, president of dick clark productions, and Barry Adelman will executive-produce the special. Chris Donovan is the director and dick clark productions’ Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production.

Nominations for “The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards” will be announced at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15.

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  • 1 11-12-2009 at 11:06 am

    aspect ratio said...

    Fitting too, publicity-wise, with Shutter Island coming out a month after.

  • 2 11-12-2009 at 11:52 am

    mike said...

    probably my favourite ever director.

  • 3 11-12-2009 at 12:03 pm

    leonardo said...

    Great news. He totally deserves it.

  • 4 11-12-2009 at 12:05 pm

    Ivan said...

    Golden Globe predictions

    An Education
    The Hurt Locker*
    Up in the Air

    Jeff Bridges/Crazy Heart*
    George Clooney/Up in the Air
    Colin Firth/A Single Man
    Morgan Freeman/Invictus
    Jeremy Renner/The Hurt Locker

    Abbie Cornish/Bright Star
    Helen Mirren/The Last Station
    Carey Mulligan/An Education*
    Saoirse Ronan/The Lovely Bones
    Gabourey Sidibe/Precious

    500 Days of Summer
    It´s Complicated
    Julie & Julia
    A Serious Man

    Daniel Day Lewis/Nine*
    Robert De Niro/Everybody´s Fine
    Matt Damon/The Informant!
    Joseph Gordon Lewitt/500 Days of Summer
    Michael Stuhlbarg/A Serious Man

    Amy Adams/Julie & Julia*
    Sandra Bullock/The Propossal
    Marion Cotillard/Nine
    Michelle Pfeiffer/Cheri
    Meryl Streep/Julie & Julia

    Kathryn Bigelow/The Hurt Locker*
    Lee Daniels/Precious
    Rob Marshall/Nine
    Jason Reitman/Up in the Air
    Quentin Tarantino/Inglourious Basterds

    Alec Baldwin/It´s Complicated
    Matt Damon/Invictus
    Alfred Molina/An Education
    Stanley Tucci/The Lovely Bones
    Christoph Waltz/Inglourious Basterds*

    Penelope Cruz/Nine
    Anna Kendrick/Up in the Air
    Melanie Laurent/Inglouirous Basterds
    Julianne Moore/A Single Man

    An Education
    The Hurt Locker
    Up in the Air*

    Bright Star*
    Coco Avant Chanel
    The Lovely Bones

    The Princess and the Frog*
    Up in the Air
    Where the Wild Things Are

  • 5 11-12-2009 at 12:06 pm

    Maxim said...

    “Anyone, anywhere, have a problem with this? Didn’t think so.”


    No, I don’t *really* have a problem with this but Scorsese is overrated as the very question above makes blatantly clear.

    Still, I guess better Scorsese than, say, Ron Howard. Coppola, imo, would have been a better choice.

    P.S. The press release states that “Shutter Island” is currently in post-production. Wasn’t the movie supposed to be finished by now?

  • 6 11-12-2009 at 12:18 pm

    moviefan1 said...

    Hopefully De Niro presents him the award

  • 7 11-12-2009 at 12:52 pm

    Puchika said...

    With Rourke and Colin Farrell winning last year and Scorsese getting an honorary this year, I’m already preferring the GGs over the Oscars

  • 8 11-12-2009 at 1:35 pm

    geha714 said...

    Martin totally deserves it.

  • 9 11-12-2009 at 1:36 pm

    daveylow said...

    It’s either going to be DeNiro or DiCaprio or both.

  • 10 11-12-2009 at 1:39 pm

    Encore Entertainment said...

    I’d like if Cate presents him with it. I’ve always loved how she thanked him effusively in both her Oscar speech and her after the win interview.

  • 11 11-12-2009 at 2:53 pm

    Helena said...

    Congrats to Marty !

    I’d like to see both DeNiro & DiCaprio as the presenters.

  • 12 11-12-2009 at 8:13 pm

    Me. said...

    Last year the winner was Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese presented the award, almost in tears. I love both of them! Great great great filmmakers. :D