Golden Globe Awards to honor Scorsese

Scorsese will get a lifetime achievement award on Jan. 17.
Scorsese will get a lifetime achievement award on Jan. 17. (Evan Agostini - AP)
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Associated Press
Friday, November 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Director Martin Scorsese is receiving the Cecil B. De Mille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes.

The award will be presented to Scorsese at the 67th annual Globe Awards on Jan. 17.

Scorsese, who will turn 67 next week, is an Academy Award winner for directing "The Departed," and is a two-time Golden Globe winner for that film and for "Gangs of New York." He has also received Oscar and Globe nominations for such films as "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas" and "The Aviator."

Actress Vera Farmiga, who appeared in "The Departed," announced the De Mille award Thursday at a news conference in Beverly Hills.

"He has the power to rouse a crowd and bring them along on his holy mission," Farmiga said. "He considers it holy work, and cinema is his shrine. And he instills in the actors, in the crew, and everybody around him just what a powerful tool it is."

Past winners of the De Mille award include last year's recipient, Steven Spielberg, as well as Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins and Michael Douglas.

Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes, said that for the first time, the Golden Globes will be broadcast live across the country, instead of tape-delayed on the West Coast.

"The entire country will find out our winners at the exact moment," he said.

The Golden Globes will also have a host for the first time since 1995. Comic actor Ricky Gervais will host the show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Nominations come out Dec. 15 for the Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars.

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