Longtime friend and collaborator Robert De Niro presented the Departed director with the accolade while hailing the Oscar-winner"s passion for filmmaking. “Marty sleeps, drinks and eats film... I hear there are videos on the internet of Marty having sex with film," the Mirror quoted De Niro as saying.
He added: "We're like an old married couple. We built a life together, we have great memories -- we just don't sleep together anymore."
Leonardo DiCaprio later joined De Niro in the introduction, dubbing Scorsese "a master filmmaker and a generous, patient teacher."