SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Outstanding Directors award honored Martin Scorsese and Justine Triet this year.
Both are up for Oscars.
The "Anatomy of a Fall" director shared her thoughts on the red carpet.
"I'm super happy to be here with people who love, so much, cinema. It is an honor for me, of course, and of course to meet Martin Scorsese tonight, it is, I'm a little stressed, I think," said Triet.
Scorsese didn’t walk the red carpet or sign autographs for fans lining State Street, but his latest film "Killers Of The Flower Moon" launched Virtuosos Award recipient Lily Gladstone into the Oscar contender category. Gladstone's nomination as a Native American woman is historic.
Scorsese said the real story behind the film intrigued him from the start.
"There was something so compelling about this story it is more than one story," said Scorsese," I could not pull myself away form it."
Although Scorsese films have been nominated for Academy Awards countless times he has only won one directing Oscar.
Fans like to quote lines from his films, especially Taxi Driver.
"'Are you talking to me,' you know when he is starring in the mirror. Who hasn't looked in the mirror and said that same quote," said Debbie Price.
They also like seeing more women directors nominated.
"I think its incredible it is great to see a woman honored alongside Martin Scorsese," said fan Kelly Creighton.
After a Q and A SBIFF director Roger Durling presented them with their awards.
The trophies are based on The Arlington Theatre's steeple.
It was designed by Montecito jeweler Daniel Gibbings.
For more information visit https://www.sbiff.org.