Acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis emerged from his retirement to honor legendary director Martin Scorsese at the esteemed National Board of Review Awards in Manhattan. The awards ceremony, marking its 95th year, became the stage for this extraordinary reunion.
Scorsese's latest masterpiece, "Killers of the Flower Moon," swept the NBR Awards, clinching the title of Best Film. Scorsese himself was recognized as the Best Director, while Lily Gladstone was celebrated as the Best Actress for her role in the film.
The gathering at Cipriani’s 42nd Street was abuzz with excitement, but the appearance of Day-Lewis, who had stepped away from acting following his role in the 2017 film “Phantom Thread,” was the highlight of the evening.
Renowned for his roles in Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” and “The Age of Innocence,” Day-Lewis shared heartfelt sentiments about the director. He reminisced about his youth when he first encountered Scorsese’s work, describing it as a revelation that exposed him to vibrant, enthralling cinematic worlds.
For Day-Lewis, Scorsese not only showcased the boundless potential of filmmaking but also set a high bar for artistic integrity and commitment. The mutual admiration between the two icons was palpable. Upon receiving the award, Scorsese reciprocated the praise, cherishing his collaborations with Day-Lewis as some of the most fulfilling experiences of his career.
The hint of a possible future project between the two left the audience in eager anticipation. The NBR Awards are renowned for their unique pairings of presenters and honorees. This year, the event witnessed Laura Linney introducing Mark Ruffalo, her co-star from “You Can Count on Me,” as the Best Supporting Actor.
Patti Smith presented the Best Actress award to Lily Gladstone, leading to a lighthearted comment from Gladstone about the surreal experience of being seated between Smith and Day-Lewis.
Fox's Inspiring Speech
An emotionally charged moment of the evening came with Michael J.
Fox, recipient of the documentary award for “Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie”. His speech, which touched on his journey with Parkinson's Disease, was met with a standing ovation. Fox spoke candidly about the unexpected ways in which his condition has enriched his life and perspective.
The ceremony, which also saw Bradley Cooper receiving the Icon Award for “Maestro,” was not just a celebration of cinematic achievements but a showcase of the personal journeys and transformations of the artists.
Cooper, expressing his admiration for Fox, reminisced about his own formative years being influenced by Fox’s performances.