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Martin Scorsese to receive fist ever Robert Osborne Award at 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival

 Martin Scorsese to receive The Robert Osborne Award at the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival
Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese will receive the Robert Osbourne Award at the TCM Classic Film Festival which kicks off in Hollywood from April 26 to April 29. The award is named for the late Osborne, who served as the primetime host and anchor of TCM for more than 22 years. 

Scorsese had been a fixture in Hollywood directing such iconic films as "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas," "The Departed," for which he won a Best Directing Oscar and "Taxi Driver" to name a few. Scorsese will pick up his Osborne Award on April 26 during opening night of the festival.

"I am truly honored to be the first recipient of the Robert Osborne Award," said Scorsese in a statement. "I started The Film Foundation 28 years ago in order to preserve and share cinema's history with audiences of the present and the future. Bob and TCM have always been trusted allies in this mission. I always loved watching Bob's introductions and interviews on TCM because you could immediately feel that this was someone who knew movie history, who wanted to share that knowledge and pass it on, and -- most importantly -- who truly loved movies. Bob was a true believer in the cinema, so to receive this award in his name means a great deal to me."

"In addition to his status as perhaps the definitive filmmaker of his generation, Martin Scorsese possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of film history," added Ben Mankiewicz, TCM's current primetime host. "And he has turned that passion for movies into a commitment for preservation, working tirelessly to restore and preserve the world's cinematic heritage. Both Martin and Robert have helped ensure that classic film will continue to be experienced as it was meant to be seen, for years to come."

"Robert was the cornerstone of TCM and his contributions were fundamental in shaping the network into what it is today," remarked Jennifer Dorian, TCM's general manager. "Through the creation of the Robert Osborne Award, we acknowledge how much he meant to TCM and the impact he had on preserving the love of classic film."

Founded by Martin Scorsese in 1990, The Film Foundation has helped restore over 800 films, making available classic and independent films thought to be lost. In 2007, Scorsese expanded The Film Foundation’s work globally, creating the World Cinema Project, which has preserved, restored, and distributed over 30 films from over 20 countries.

For tickets and more information on the TCM Classic Film Festival, visit its website at TCM Classic Film Festival. 

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