Awarded: April 2000
(b. Nov. 17, 1942)
Martin Scorsese achieved fame and universal recognition in the 1970s with his filmmaking techniques that incorporated unusual camera and editing techniques, and his subject matter, which examined gangster life, religion, popular music and anti-heroes. His first acknowledged masterpiece was the 1973 drama “”Mean Streets.” He went on to film the acclaimed “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and “Taxi Driver” in 1974. In April 1979, after years of preparation, he began work on “Raging Bull,” a film based on the autobiography of boxer Jake LaMotta. Filmed in black and white, the feature was his most ambitious work to date and is widely regarded as the greatest movie of the 1980s.