Robbie Robertson and Martin Scorsese Honored with Spirit of Collaboration Award at 5th SCL Awards


Director Martin Scorsese and composer/songwriter Robbie Robertson were awarded the Spirit of Collaboration Award during the 5th SCL Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

A professional partnership and a brotherly friendship that spanned over four decades, the pair’s work together began in 1978 when Scorsese directed the documentary The Last Dance about the dissolution of Robertson’s musical group, The Band. Their latest collaboration, Killers of the Flower Moon, was released two months after Robertson’s passing.

Attendees of the ceremony watched clips from the duo’s films and were treated to a performance of Robertson’s “Between Trains” from The King of Comedy by 6-time Grammy winner Jason Isbell.

Martin Scorsese was unable to attend and sent a video speaking about the importance of Robbie Robertson to his films and his life. Robertson’s daughter, Alexandra, accepted the award in her father’s honor and spoke about the two artists’ friendship and connection.

Scorsese and Robertson are the fifth composer/filmmaker duo to be honored with the Spirit of Collaboration Award. Previous honorees are Thomas Newman and Sam Mendes, Terence Blanchard and Spike Lee, Carter Burwell and Ethan and Joel Coen, and Justin Hurwitz and Damien Chazelle.