Martin Scorcese was born in the United States. He is of Italian extraction and is considered one of Hollywood’s best known directors. (Scorcese received an Oscar for “The Departed” and his been nominated for Oscars five times). Scorcese has (collaborated with Robert De Niro in...Read more several films) amongst which are “Taxi Driver” which earned Scorcese (the Palm d’Or) at the Cannes Film Festival. The two also worked together in “Raging Bull” (1976). De Niro’s performance in that work earned him the (Oscar for best actor in a leading role). In 1988 Scorcese directed “The Last Temptation of Christ” which drew objection and criticism from the Vatican. The Vatican also tried to block the film’s (screening) at the Cannes Film Festival. Scorcese also has a history of cooperating with Leonardo Da Vinci whom he has included in three works thus far. These works are “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004) (which won Di Caprio an Oscar nomination for best actor in a leading role), and “The Departed” (2006) (which earned Scorcese his first Oscar for best (cinematic director) (after he had been nominated for the award several times)). Scorcese was nominated for an Oscar for “The Aviator” but lost (the Oscar that year) to Clint Eastwood.