Director Martin Scorsese was honoured at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) on Saturday (02Nov13) as a host of stars helped to raise $4.1 million (£2.7 million) for the institution's film programme. The Taxi Driver filmmaker was the guest of honour at the benefit gala, which was attended by celebrities such as Warren Beatty, Tom Hanks and Jane Fonda, as he was recognised for helping to save the museum's programme during the U.S. financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 and for his work on film restoration, according to Reuters.
LACMA chief executive Michael Govan said, "Marty was very vocal when we announced that we were pausing our film programme a few years ago during the economic meltdown. When he learned that we really wanted to rebuild and expand our program, he was the first person who offered to help."
Leonardo DiCaprio was on hand to pay tribute to his longtime collaborator, adding, "Spending time with Marty is like stepping into a world class film museum. And when you work on a film with Martin Scorsese, you have the privilege of being part of that history."
Meanwhile, British artist David Hockney was also feted for his museum contributions, which consists of various works of iconic Southern California images.
Previous honourees include late moviemaker Stanley Kubrick and Clint Eastwood.
British rocker Sting served as the night's entertainment.
Artist David Hockney's assistant died after drinking acid, an inquest has heard. Dominic Elliott, 23, was hospitalised in March (13) after falling ill at the painter's home in East Yorkshire, England.
An inquest in Hull heard he had taken cocaine, ecstasy and temazepam before consuming acid, while his boss slept.
The acid severely burned Elliott's mouth, tongue and throat before perforating his stomach.
Movie icon Martin Scorsese will be feted by his frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio at the Los Angles County Museum of Art's upcoming Art+Film Gala. The Taxi Driver director will be celebrated for his Hollywood career on 2 November (13) at the third annual LACMA event, which is being chaired by DiCaprio.
In a statement, the actor says, "I've been lucky enough to collaborate with Marty on Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed, and most recently The Wolf of Wall Street. I am thrilled to have my dear friend join us at LACMA and to celebrate his astounding cinematic legacy and leadership in preserving film for future generations."
British artist David Hockney will also be recognised at this year's (13) benefit. Previous honourees include late moviemaker Stanley Kubrick and Dirty Harry legend Clint Eastwood.
British artist David Hockney was so upset following the sudden death of his assistant earlier this year (13), he considered giving up his work. Dominic Elliott was taken to hospital in March (13) after falling ill at Hockney's home in East Yorkshire, England but medics were unable to save the 23-year-old aide and he was pronounced dead.
Hockney's publicist revealed the star was "incredibly upset" and "in a state of shock" following his friend's passing, and now the artist has opened up about the tragedy, revealing he considered giving up on his annual plan to document the seasons.
He tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I wanted to make five sets of five drawings as the spring progressed and I finished the first set in January. I was very pleased with them. One was even printed in the Guardian (newspaper). The intention was to go back to them whenever the spring occurred. But then Dominic died. It was an awful time and I was very upset. I thought I might not do it at all this year. I thought I might go back to L.A. for a bit. I didn't quite know what to do.
"The spring didn't start until late April this year. I wasn't doing anything much, had nearly given up, and was still thinking about going to L.A. when my assistant, Jean-Pierre, said I didn't really have an option. I had to continue with the work. And he was right. I'm not going to retire.
"I just keep working and that's what I think I should do. Of course it's still a very sad situation about Dominic and I'm still very sad myself. But I'm also OK. When you are drawing and working you seem to get outside yourself, and at the moment I think that is a very good thing."
An initial autopsy showed "no obvious natural causes" for the death and an inquest has been adjourned until August (13).