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Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio to Receive Santa Barbara Film Fest's Cinema Vanguard Award

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2014 at 11:39AM

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to honor Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with its Cinema Vanguard Award for the fest's 29th edition, running January 30 through February 9, 2014. The award presentation and evening tribute will take place on February 6 at the Arlington Theatre.
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Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese at the "Wolf of Wall Street" premiere
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese at the "Wolf of Wall Street" premiere

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival is set to honor Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with its Cinema Vanguard Award for the fest's 29th edition, running January 30 through February 9, 2014. The award presentation and evening tribute will take place on February 6 at the Arlington Theatre.

Scorsese and DiCaprio have now collaborated on five films, including controversial Christmas Day opener "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "Shutter Island" and Oscar winner "The Departed." SBIFF exec director Roger Durling likens the Scorsese-DiCaprio collaboration to other great director-muse pairings, including "John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart -- even Scorsese and De Niro." 

TOH! recently dug into why "Wolf of Wall Street" has received some negative critical reactions, with reviewers focusing on the film's supposed glorification of real-life former Wall Street tycoon Jordan Belfort, whose memoir the film is based on. Our review of the film is here, with our site's ranking of the top dozen Scorsese films here.

Past Cinema Vanguard recipients include Amy Adams, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, Nicole Kidman, Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.