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- Posted on Jan 13th 2012 5:00PM by Theo Spielberg
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Dylan took the stage to perform 'Blind Willie McTell' in a voice that sounded like melted gravel. The performance was a telling tribute to Scorsese, who's keen appreciation for music has been crystallized in musical documentaries like the Band's 'Last Waltz,' the Rolling Stones' 'Shine A Light,' Dylan's 'No Direction Home,' George Harrison's 'Living in the Material World' and the PBS series 'The Blues,' in which the song is included.
A fun game to play is gauging each celebrities reaction. Charlize Theron looks wildly unamused, while Meryl Streep looks giddy with excitement. In his speech following the performance, Scorsese began "Such a great honor and an amazing performance by the great one, Bob Dylan."
He continued, "This award has a very special significance to me, so I'd like to begin with a special thank-you to Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France. That was the music I used to hear when I was growing up in my apartment in New York, even before we had a TV, in the middle to late '40s." Apparently Django and Stéphane struck a special chord with presenter Leonardo DiCaprio, who echoed his sentiment saying, "That's pretty cool."
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