DiCaprio and Scorsese [together]: Well, working in tandem with another artist is—
Scorsese: You go ahead. You go first.
DiCaprio: No, no, no. Please, I insist.
Scorsese: No, no. After you. After you.
DiCaprio: No, honestly. You have a lot more to say about the history of cinema than I do. So you go first. Unless, of course, you want me to go first. Want me to go first?
Scorsese: I’d like you to go first. Just keep it short.
DiCaprio: O.K. You mean, like, under-three-hours short?
Scorsese: Ideally under three hours.
DiCaprio: It has been an incredible honor for me to have worked alongside a director of Marty’s caliber. Marty and I have made five films together, and ours is like any other long-term relationship. On Gangs of New York we courted each other. On Aviator, Departed, and Shutter Island, our kinship and trust expanded and deepened. Now on Wolf of Wall Street, we’re like any old married couple.
Scorsese: It’s often overlooked. It’s labor. That’s at the heart of collaboration. Movies are work. They’re a daily battle, and, you know, if you’re going to go into battle, you’d better go with somebody you respect, somebody you trust, and hopefully somebody you like. And Leo has all the qualities I’m looking for in a great actor.
DiCaprio: You mean like an Italian last name.
Scorsese: That helps. That helps.
DiCaprio: There are directors, and then there are auteurs. When one speaks about Martin Scorsese’s relationship to the world of cinema, one must reflect upon its entire history. You can’t just talk about one film. So in commemoration of tonight, I’ve decided to talk about his entire knowledge of the history of cinema. So if you’d just take a moment and go back to 1896, the Mayer Brothers and Thomas Edison… Or we can skip ahead even to D. W. Griffith, with his small hand-crank camera. You know, they’d even have the same perforation on the film stock that we’ve taken for granted today, but…
Scorsese: I think they get the picture. We don’t need to go back that far, to the perforation of film stock, for God’s sake.
DiCaprio: But I have, like, another 15 minutes.
Scorsese: No, no, no. I think the whole point, the natural point is 1909, the early history of cinema.
DiCaprio: It’s supposed to be about collaboration. We should collaborate on something, do something together.
Scorsese: Collaborating on something, the idea would be to wrap it up. So let’s wrap it up.
DiCaprio: So I go.
DiCaprio: All right. So on behalf of Marty—
Scorsese: I want to thank—
DiCaprio: The National Board of Review—
Scorsese: For this wonderful—
DiCaprio: Honor as well as—
DiCaprio: Marty. And—
Scorsese: For letting—
DiCaprio: This. Goodnight.