Renowned film director, Martin Scorsese was awarded a gold medal by the University Philosophical Society of Trinity College today.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr 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.”
Provost & President, Dr Patrick Prendergast said: “We are delighted to welcome Mr Martin Scorsese to Trinity College Dublin. The creative arts are at the heart of Trinity and sharing his long career in film with our students will be inspirational for them. As alma mater to some of Mr Scorsese’s favourite writers such as Swift, Goldsmith and Beckett we hope Mr Scorsese will find his visit equally stimulating.”
The film director was presented with the Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage by the President of the University Philosophical Society, Matthew Nuding:
“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. We are thrilled to be adding Mr Scorsese’s name to the list of Honorary Patrons, including former Vice President Joe Biden, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Professor Brian Cox, Al Pacino, Conan O’Brien, Tim Cook, Dame Helen Mirren and Whoopi Goldberg among many others," said the Philosophical Society President.
Before the awards ceremony, Mr Scorsese met with members of the Philosophical Society as well as the Irish Film and Television Awards, IFTA at a special reception in the Philosophical Society’s Conversation