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".

06/01/2005 17:55