Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, two big Hollywood names side by side

Jamie Porter and Jake Schaedler

For years, the names Scorsese and Tarantino have run the movie industry. From Pulp Fiction to Goodfellas, their unique talent of storytelling and directing has established them in cinema.

Academy Awards

Scorsese: Dating all the way back to 1976 and his film Taxi Driver, Martin Scorsese has absolutely dominated the Academy Awards. With a very impressive count of nine nominations for best director, Scorsese only falls behind earlier twentieth century director, William Wyler who was able to tally up twelve. It doesn’t stop there for Scorsese, he has again claimed another nine nominations for best picture, finally winning the award in 2006 for The Departed. In the same year, Scorsese won the Grammy for Best Music Film with his work in No Direction Home.


Quentin Tarantino’s rapid rise to the top of Hollywood has been nothing short of remarkable. His original screenplays have received praise far and wide across Hollywood. In 1992, his debut film Reservoir Dogs surprised and captivated audiences across the globe. His second film Pulp Fiction (1994) would dominate Oscar night with 5 nominations and a win for best original screenplay. Tarantino reached new heights in 2012 when his newest original screenplay Django: Unchained, took home two academy awards. With many years ahead, look for Tarantino to continue to dominate Oscar night for years to come.


Scorsese: When it comes to Scorsese, his casting is second to none. Considering he’s been in the production light since the late 60’s, Scorsese has been able to work with Hollywood’s finest. One of his more notable partners in crime, notorious mobster, schizotypal killer, Robert De Niro. The two go all the way back to his film Taxi Driver (1976), to 2019’s The Irishman. Under the scope of Scorsese, De Niro was nominated for two Best Actor Academy Awards, for his role in Taxi Driver, and then finally winning it in 1981 because of his role as Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull. Some of Scorsese’s other notable castings are Leonardo DiCaprio and Joe Pesci who have solidified their presence in film history.


Tarantino’s prestigious screenplays, and experience allow for him to attract almost any actor in Hollywood. However, Tarantino’s films have also allowed for certain actors to rise to the spotlight. For his work in Inglorious Basterds and Django : Unchained, Christoph Waltz has reached new heights winning the academy award for Best actor in a Supporting Role in both films. Like Tarantino, Waltz’s unique style has allowed him to prosper. Whether he is playing the Evil, yet witty Hans Landa or the memorable Dr. King Schultz, Waltz never fails to disappoint. Tarantino also has pulled the legendary Hollywood names of Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio into recent films such as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The presence of Scorsese throughout the years has been monumental and game-changing to the film community as a whole. His trailblazing film technique and storytelling stem right into the roots of good film-making and what it means to be a critically acclaimed director. For his work in mob movies and psychological thrillers, movie-goers or not, everyone can appreciate what he’s done with his work on the silver screen.

Although not as decorated as Scorsese (yet), Quentin Tarantino’s unique way of storytelling on the Hollywood big screen is nothing short of outstanding. His original screenplays never fail to think outside of the box, making every scene unpredictable. His diversity of time periods and stories reveal Tarantino’s one of a kind ability to create a Hollywood blockbuster & masterpiece.