Director loves boundaries to break

Scorsese named Cecil B. DeMille recipient

Director Martin Scorsese, who will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 67th annual Golden Globes, has spent much of his career crafting stories about the social rules that exist in groups — Italian and Irish crime syndicates, the upper class in 19th-century New York — and what happens when an individual pushes against those boundaries.

His portrayal of the underworld of Italian-American organized crime in films like “Goodfellas” and “Casino” has inspired iconic performances by Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro, who have become faces on the posters of Scorsese’s films.

Although Scorsese’s collaborations with De Niro and Pesci have become legendary, his greatest recognition from the HFPA has come when he’s been partnered with Leonardo DiCaprio and told the tales of Irish-American cops and criminals in Boston in “The Departed” or Irish immigrants fighting for their piece of the American Dream in “Gangs of New York,” both of which brought him a Golden Globes director statuette.

Scorsese has been nominated for a Golden Globe eight times in all. Seven of these nods have been for directing. His first was for “Raging Bull” in 1981. The second — for “Goodfellas” — didn’t come for another 10 years, in 1991. He also received a screenplay nomination for “Goodfellas,” which he shared with Nicolas Pileggi.

Scorsese was nominated two more times in the 1990s, for “The Age of Innocence” and “Casino.” (The former — adapted from Edith Wharton’s novel about a socially unacceptable love affair in 1800s New York — was considered an unusual film for Scorsese, whose work often portrays intense physical violence, but the film was repeatedly described by critics as emotionally violent.)

This decade Scorsese has been recognized for his achievements in “Gangs,” “The Aviator” and “The Departed,” all of which starred DiCaprio.

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