By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 10, 2012 at 4:15PM
On Tuesday May 8 at the Bowery's Capitale in New York, Martin Scorsese ("Hugo") accepted the Moth Ball's 2012 Storytelling Award. That's because the folks at Moth consider him to be, said artistic director Catherine Burns, "a master storyteller," who is known as "a great raconteur by those lucky enough to share a dinner table with him."
"I've often, over the past few years, thought about telling a story at the Moth," said Scorsese as he accepted his award. "The problem is that when I tell a story it's usually two-and-a-half to three hours long."
Simon Doonan hosted the event, which also bestowed its Corporate Award to NBC Universal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer for her Characters Unite campaign. "We're living in a culture of fear," she said. "The only way to get past that is genuine communication."
Reverend Al Sharpton presented the $5,000 MothSHOP Community Scholarship Award (provided by the Stefany and Simon Bergson Foundation) to NYC high school student Heriberto Dela Cruz Altieri, who learned the art of storytelling in the MothSHOP program.
Other writers and performer attendees included Kurt Anderson of Studio 360, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, actress Rachel Dratch and John Turturro.