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Bob Dylan Serenades Scorsese at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

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The director of ‘Shine a Light’ had the light shined on him last night. Bob Dylan was on hand to honor legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. And though he sang “No one can sing the blues like blind Willie McTell,” it’s safe to say that in actuality, no one can sing the blues today like Dylan.

Scorsese was the ceremony’s Music + Film honoree. MTV reports that a montage of Scorsese’s most famous blockbusters and most moving musical documentaries — including 2008′s Rolling Stones film ‘Shine a Light’ and the Band’s ‘Last Waltz’ — preceded Dylan’s performance. Dylan, who was featured in Scorsese’s 2005 documentary ‘No Direction Home,’ performed ‘Blind Willie McTell,’ a track from Scorsese’s PBS documentary ‘The Blues.’

A speech from Scorsese’s close friend and frequent colleague Leonardo DiCaprio followed Dylan’s performance — but DiCaprio had a special guest with him for the honor. Joining the star of ‘The Departed’ was George Harrison‘s widow, Olivia, in a touching tribute to both Harrison himself and to Scorsese’s work on ‘George Harrison: Living in the Material World.’ That film also took home the award for Best Documentary Feature.

When Scorsese took the stage, he made clear that Dylan’s music is as moving as his own films. In a moment meant to commemorate the ‘Goodfellas’ director, Scorsese himself was awestruck by the ‘Forever Young’ crooner. ”Such a great honor and an amazing performance by the great one,” Scorsese breathed, “Bob Dylan.”

Watch Bob Dylan Perform ‘Blind Willie McTell’ at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards


Watch Martin Scorsese’s Acceptance Speech

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