The Chicago moviemaker accepted the Jason Robards Award at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Spring Gala, and during the event at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom, he received tributes from many of the attendees including Gere and Julie Andrews.
Marshall also received messages from absent friends Alan Cumming, Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard and Daniel Day-Lewis, as well as Dame Judi Dench and director Sam Mendes, who are currently filming the new Bond movie in the U.K.
The gala, which was hosted by funnyman Martin Short and featured performances of famous movie songs, raised more than $2 million (£1.3 million) for charity and some of the proceeds came from the night's auction.
Prizes included a walk-on role in TV show Smash, lunch with composer Stephen Sondheim, and a voicemail message from last year's (11) honouree, Alec Baldwin.
The 30 Rock actor joked about his auction prize by telling the crowd, "I know you're probably thinking I'm the last person you'd want to record the voicemail greeting on your phone," in reference to his infamous 2007 voicemail rant to his daughter Ireland.
Baldwin went on to persuade a number of other stars in the audience, including Julie Andrews, Jeff Goldblum, Vanessa Williams and Jane Krakowski, to also offer up voicemail greetings as prizes.