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Pudding man Scorsese

Cambridge (Massachusetts), Feb. 14 (Agencies): Director Martin Scorsese was given a grammar lesson — and made to wear a curly blonde wig and a traditional gag bra, in his case made of dice and playing cards — when he was crowned Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.

Scorsese received the honour yesterday at the opening night of It’s A Wonderful Afterlife, a production of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, an undergraduate dramatic troupe. “I kind of had inside information that I was going to get the prize tonight so I went along with everything,” he said.

Scorsese stood on the stage with a blackboard with the words “You talkin’ to me'” written on it, in reference to Robert Deniro’s famous line from the Scorsese-directed movie Taxi Driver.

A Harvard student dressed as a staid schoolmarm made Scorsese repeat the grammatically correct phrase “To whom are you speaking'”

The city of Cambridge declared yesterday “Martin Scorsese Day” and two representatives of the mayor’s office presented him a gold key to the city.

Scorsese’s movies include Taxi Driver, New York, New York, The Colour of Money, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence and Casino.

His 1990 film, Goodfellas, received six Academy Award nominations.

Scorsese has also received best director oscar nominations for “raging bull” and “the last temptation of christ.”

The film “gangs of new york,” a social and political drama set in 19th-century new york, recently earned the director a golde globe and was nominated for 10 oscars, including best director. Ap mcg vj 02141304 d

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