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Martin Scorsese Receives Prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award

Martin Scorsese honored with David O. Selznick Achievement Award at 2024 PGA Awards.

In 1965, Martin Scorsese, then 22 years old, received the Jesse L. Laskey Intercollegiate Award at the Milestone Awards dinner hosted by the Screen Producers Guild. Almost six decades later, at the 2024 PGA Awards, Scorsese was honored with the David O. Selznick Achievement Award, marking a significant moment in his illustrious career. Renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro introduced Scorsese at the event, praising him as an indispensable titan in the industry.

During his acceptance speech, Scorsese reminisced about the 1965 awards show where he found himself among Hollywood legends such as Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Elke Sommer. He shared a heartwarming anecdote about Grant encouraging him to kiss Sommer on stage, a memory that stayed with him throughout the years.

Scorsese also revealed how David O. Selznick's film, 'Duel of the Sun,' had a profound impact on him at a young age, influencing elements of his latest project, 'Killers of the Flower Moon.' He highlighted the vivid imagery and storytelling of classic Hollywood cinema that shaped his artistic vision.

Expressing gratitude for receiving the Selznick Award, Scorsese reflected on his journey from a young filmmaker honored alongside Alfred Hitchcock to becoming a revered figure in the industry. The award recognizes producers for their exceptional contributions to the world of motion pictures, joining the ranks of esteemed recipients like Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.

At the same event, Gail Berman was presented with the Norman Lear Achievement Award, while Charles D. King made history as the first Black recipient of the Milestone Award. The evening celebrated the outstanding achievements of industry professionals and paid tribute to their lasting impact on cinema.

The 2024 PGA Awards showcased a diverse array of talent and honored individuals who have left an indelible mark on the film industry. The event underscored the importance of recognizing excellence and innovation in filmmaking, highlighting the ongoing legacy of visionary creators like Martin Scorsese.

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