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'The man, the myth': Martin Scorsese got a rapturous reception at Trinity College tonight

Scorsese joins the likes of Al Pacino and Helen Mirren in receiving the Honorary Patron award.

MULTI OSCAR AWARD-winning director Martin Scorsese said he was both “surprised and moved” as he attended a ceremony in Trinity College today where he was made an Honorary Patron by the University Philosophical Society.

The 74-year-old, who has directed films such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York and Wolf of Wall Street, attended a ceremony in Dublin today to accept the gold medal award.

He spoke at a Q&A session afterwards in the Debating Chamber of the Graduate Memorial Building where crowds packed in to ask the legendary director questions.

There were large queues to try and get into the venue, and Scorsese received a rousing reception when he entered.

Martin Scorsese. 63_90503776 Source: Sam Boal/

He joins illustrious company with the likes of Al Pacino, Helen Mirren and Brian Cox in receiving an Honorary Patron award.

Speaking ahead of the awards ceremony this evening, Scorsese said: “When I received the news that I had been selected as an Honorary Patron by the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College, I was both surprised and moved.

Trinity College is one of the world’s greatest and most venerable institutions of learning, and the University Philosophical Society has welcomed an illustrious list of Honorary Patrons and former members. I accept the honour with gratitude.

The award was presented by the president of the University Philosophical Society, Matthew Nuding, who said: “This award is given to exceptional individuals who have excelled in their given fields. In this case, for Mr Scorsese’s outstanding contribution to film.

In a career that spans over 50 years, his influence over the film industry cannot be overstated. He is without a doubt one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinematic history.
The video below shows the crowd waiting in anticipation for the director to arrive, and the rapturous reception he got when he did (in the last minute or so of the video).

Posted by on Thursday, 2 April 2020

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