Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio presented Martin Scorsese with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement. During his acceptance speech, Scorsese thanked filmmakers who had come before him, from Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman to DeMille himself. He then proceeded to explain who DeMille was, and compared his desire to make movies to DeMille's – though he did admit that GoodFellas and The Greatest Show on Earth don't have that much in common.
Scorsese also thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their contributions to film preservation, including the restoration of classics such as Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory and Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd. More recently, Scorsese himself has been passionately involved in the restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1948 color drama/musical The Red Shoes, one of a number of post-World War II British movies to find favor among American critics and audiences. Michael Powell was the husband of Scorsese frequent collaborator, editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Scorsese's next effort, Shutter Island, starring DiCaprio, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo, and Max von Sydow, will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival next month. The mystery thriller opens in the US on Feb. 19.