Robert De Niro Receiving HFPA's 2011 Cecil B. DeMille Award
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (aka HFPA) announced this morning (via ComingSoon) that actor Robert De Niro would be receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment field. Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment. Recent recipients include Martin Scorsese (2010), Steven Spielberg (2009), Warren Beatty (2007), Anthony Hopkins (2006) and so on. De Niro will be honored at the Golden Globe Awards next January, if anyone cares to watch them.
With more than 70 film credits, De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma's The Wedding Party in 1969. He quickly received accolades from the New York Film Critics Circle in recognition of his acclaimed performances in Bang the Drum Slowly and Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets. In 1974, De Niro received his first Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II. His extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese's Raging Bull earned him his second Oscar, this time for Best Actor in a Leading Role, as well as his first Golden Globe.
Congrats to De Niro, it's an award well-deserved, and I'm glad to see him still going strong with appearances in movies like Machete and Stone. If you want to catch the Golden Globe Awards telecast, it'll air on January 16th, 2011 live from Beverly Hills with host Ricky Gervais. Seems like it could be a good year at the Globes.