Apparently, the controversy over “The Wolf of Wall Street” – and its themes of drugs, prostitutes and lavish excess – hasn’t dampened the buzz over the film or its star and director.
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival just announced that they’ll honor director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 29th edition of the Fest, which runs January 30 -February 9, 2014. The award presentation and evening tribute, sponsored by lynda.com, will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the historic Arlington Theatre.
From the press release: “Scorsese and DiCaprio will be celebrated for their extraordinary film collaboration which has produced five exemplary films including “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator,” “Shutter Island,” “The Departed” and their latest, the critically-acclaimed hit film ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ which has taken their fearless and uncompromising work together to an even deeper level.”
“Scorsese and DiCaprio’s partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart – and even Scorsese and De Niro,” says SBIFF Executive Director Roger Durling.
The Cinema Vanguard Award was created in recognition of those who have forged his/her own path, taking artistic risks and making a significant and unique contribution to film. Past recipients include Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin & Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.
Seems like they’ve done more than five films together, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s a good indication that their work together is, well, amazing. It seems like they’ve done dozens of films together.