Everybody loves Marty.
“He tells a story well, that’s what a great director does,” said Larry King (the Friars Club’s current dean) on the red carpet. “He never fails.”
It was clear that the entertainment industry has a unique love and respect for the legendary director.
The extravagant ballroom of Cipriani was filled with some of Scorsese’s closest friends — Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Olivia Wilde, Sacha Baron Cohen, Juliette Lewis and Ellen Burstyn — all of whom presented speeches, which were shared in the form of funny stories, unforgettable moments and humbling words of appreciation.
“I thank you for everything you’ve done for me and our craft. You are my director, my collaborator, my friend,” DiCaprio said in his speech. “You are part of a community that spans continents and decades and I couldn’t think of a better recipient of this honor.”
Other notable guests were Sir Ben Kingsley, Jerry Lewis, Jonah Hill, Regis Philbin, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and Kat Graham.
“He directs with great affection,” Kingsley told Variety, who worked with him on “Hugo.” “He is a passionate man and it shows in his work.”
The evening was also filled with musical performances by artists including Diana Krall, Kristin Chenoweth, David Johansen, Elvis Costello and Steve Tyrell. The event was a pure love-fest in celebration of Scorsese’s achievements in cinema.
“I’ve been fortunate enough over the years to receive a few awards about making movies, but this feels more like an honor about how those movies land, like how a story lands or how a joke lands,” Scorsese said on stage. “I’m honored to be in a fraternity of filmmakers but I’m really flattered that the Friars think of me as an entertainer.”
He received many heartfelt video messages from stars including Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, Jodie Foster, and The Rolling Stones.
De Niro, who received the award in 2014, welcomed Scorsese to the very exclusive club.
“As an icon, you’re entitled to free emergency care in case you ever wander into the steam room and see Larry King naked,” he joked to the crowd. Scorsese joins De Niro, along with Cruise, Tony Bennett, Douglas Fairbanks, Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra.
The standing ovations and applause from the crowd confirms that he has touched many, many lives with his work.
“He is the greatest director of all time,” Sacha Baron Cohen said. “He really is.”