Source: Deadline Hollywood Russell began the ceremony:
“Hello American Cinematheque. Let’s grab this night by the pussy,” said host Russell Crowe as he opened the festivities honoring Sir Ridley Scott Friday night at the Beverly Hilton with the 30th American Cinematheque Award. “Before we begin I have been asked to make sure that each and every one of you are properly registered to vote. It’s a huge year so please don’t forget to vote for the Academy Awards when that time of year comes around.”
“… this was an evening devoted to praising the work of the 78 year-old director of such iconic movies as Gladiator, Alien, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, Thelma And Louise, The Martian, and so many others. What’s really remarkable, as Crowe immediately pointed out, is that Scott has made over 40 films as a director, 160 as a producer, and hundreds and hundreds of hours of TV shows (The Good Wife, The Man In The High Castle etc), yet he didn’t even direct his first feature film, 1977’s The Duellists, until he was 40 years old. That’s a remarkable output of work (which also includes over 2000 commercials). “Not bad for a late bloomer from the northeast of England,” Crowe said before going on to list every movie he had made with him including, of course, Gladiator which won Crowe his Best Actor Oscar.
Source: Yahoo Movies
“At this point it’s very clear that Ridley Scott is a filmmaker with the talent to do anything he wants in any genre you care to mention,” Crowe said. “From film noir to fantasy, from comedy to crime, from period pieces to the distant future, this man can do it all … He not only knows the language of film, he speaks all of its dialects. He speaks camera, editing, grip, gaffer, hair, makeup, all of those things — and he’s getting better at speaking actor.”
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