Legendary director Martin Scorsese and actor LEONARDO DiCAPRIO have been
honoured with France's most prestigious cultural awards.
GOODFELLAS film-maker Scorsese was presented with the Legion of Honour
(Legion D'Honneur) at the annual ceremony in Paris yesterday (05JAN05). The
title is in recognition of his contribution to cinema.
DiCaprio, recently Scorsese's collaborator on Gangs of New York and THE
AVIATOR, was named Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters (Chevalier
Des Arts Et Lettres).
Presenting Scorsese's honour, French culture minister RENAUD DONNEDIEU DE
VABRES said, "Dear Martin Scorsese, the combat for the right of creators and
cultural diversity brings together all of those who on both sides of the
Atlantic and from
all continents take it upon themselves to defend the expressions of identity
and creation across all cultures."
An "extremely, extremely honoured" DiCaprio was described by De Vabres as
an "icon, little Hollywood prince, bad boy from Los Angeles, modern romantic
hero, Peter Pan of American cinema".