It's turning into a big year for Martin Scorsese. The 64-year-old filmmaker won his first Academy Award for directing in February (for "The Departed"), and on Tuesday he was named one of this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contributions to American culture.
The others who will be honored at the annual Washington event in December are comedian Steve Martin, singer Diana Ross, singer-songwriter Brian Wilson and pianist Leon Fleisher.
"With their extraordinary talent, creativity and perseverance, the five 2007 honorees have transformed the way we, as Americans, see, hear and feel the performing arts," said Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The annual awards gala on Dec. 2 will be taped for broadcast on CBS Dec. 26.
-- Lee Margulies