Martin Scorsese Misses 'Boardwalk Empire' DGA Win Due to Illness

1:53 AM PST 01/30/2011 by Merle Ginsberg
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In a statement, the director calls working on the HBO series 'one of the greatest and energizing experiences I've had in 45 years of making movies.'

Martin Scorsese won big with Boardwalk Empire at the 63rd Annual Directors Guild Awards on Saturday, but the famed director was not on hand to receive the tv drama series honors.

Scorsese fell ill after traveling to Los Angeles to attend the ceremony. He had also been set to introduce one of the night’s short films about the DGA's history.

But when his presenting slot came up, director Steven Spielberg strolled out instead.

"Marty caught a plane from New York to L.A. but unfortunately fell ill today," Spielberg told the audience. "He told me to come up here and personally apologize."

When Scorsese triumphed for outstanding directorial achievement in a dramatic series for Boardwalk Empire, Winter's Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence read a statement from the director: "'Boardwalk Empire has been one of the greatest and energizing experiences I've had in 45 years of making movies."

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