In her speech, during the presentation of the Asturias Princess Awards in Oviedo, Spain, Scorsese accepted the award for the Arts in the name of "the freedom to find tranquility and creativity."
He also underlined the importance, nowadays, of "not being led by absurd categories, trivial judgments, systems of qualification and fashions."
This creative freedom, he added, "allows us to see the whole path that leads to the revelation of all that can not be named, but to feel and express through art."
The winner of the Asturias Prize of the Arts thanked the distinction of the land of Cervantes, Goya, Unamuno, Picasso, Lorca and Luis Buñuel, "one of the greatest artists in the history of cinema".
This distinction, he pointed out, "is an honor for cinema, an art that is always present, which allows Buñuel films to be more alive and more current than the last text message we received on the phone."
He also talked about the opportunities that young people today have to make films, because "a mobile phone is enough to create", which was not the case at the beginning of Scorcese's career.
However, he confessed himself very concerned about the future of cinema, "in a society where art is always so fragile, and criticizes or marginalizes, as if it were not essential to life."
Nowadays, he pointed out, cinema has become "a chain within a torrent of moving images that flood people's lives, be they television series, cat or didactic videos, reality shows, Lawrence's Arabia 'or reports. "
In his opinion, everything has become "content", a word he does not like, and has led to the debate in the United States on the use of critical judgment, freedom of thought and action in art.
"The fight for the spirit begins," he said, defending that the technology must be conquered "so that artists can use technology instead of being used by it."
Martin Scorsese was a supporter of the classic cinema format, projected on a large screen in the living room, showing concern that he should live in a time when the future of the so-called 7th art is being questioned, before the technological revolution and the emergence of platforms like Netflix or Amazon.
In Oviedo, two days before the ceremony, Martin Scorsese also criticized the immigration policy of the Donald Trump administration, which he considers to be "against the basic idea" of what the United States is at its genesis. He recalled that if this policy had begun to be applied in 1909, today it would not be where it is.
Director of "Taxi Driver" (1976), "Enraged Bull" (1980) and "The Age of Innocence" (1993), Martin Scorsese is 75 years old and a career marked by films like "Todo Bons Rapazes" Gangs of New York "(2002).
"Silent" (2016), "The Wall Street Wolf" (2013), "The Invention of Hugo" (2011), "Kundun" (1997), "Casino" (1995), "The Last Temptation of Christ" 1988), "The Color of Money" (1986), "New York Out of Hours" (1985) and "The King of Comedy" (1982) are other films in Scorsese's career, alongside documentaries such as the series dedicated to cinema, popular music and its heroes, or to publications such as The New Yorker (2013).
Scorsese was honored with the Oscar for best director in the 2006 film "The Departed."