Robert De Niro will be honored at next January's Golden Globe Awards telecast with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment field. Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), was joined by Golden Globe Award-nominated actor Kevin Spacey in making the announcement this morning.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award will be presented to De Niro at The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 16, 2011, LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with host Ricky Gervais.
Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. DeMille Award is given annually to the 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), Robin Williams (2005), Michael Douglas (2004), Gene Hackman (2003), Harrison Ford (2002), Al Pacino (2001), and Barbra Streisand (2000).
With more than 70 film credits, De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in 's The Wedding Party in 1969. He quickly received accolades from the New York Film Critics Circle in recognition of his critically 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, and his first Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama.
De Niro has earned seven additional Golden Globe nominations, garnering nods for his work as Travis Bickle in Scorsese's acclaimed Taxi Driver; as Jimmy Doyle in New York, New York; as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter; as Jack Walsh in Martin Brest's Midnight Run; as ex-con Max Cady in Scorsese's remake of the 1962 classic Cape Fear; as insecure mob boss Paul Vitti in Harold Ramis' Analyze This; and as Jack Byrnes in Jay Roach's comedy Meet the Parents.
In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. He also received the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. In addition, AARP the magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award.
De Niro's recent film credits include Nu Image Films' psychological thriller Stone and 20th Century Fox's Machete. His upcoming projects include Little Fockers, the third installment of Tribeca Productions' Meet the Parents franchise; Universal Pictures' The Dark Fields; Filmauro's Italian romantic comedy Manuale d'amore 3; and Ambience Entertainment's action thriller The Killer Elite.
De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center - which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988 - and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The festival's mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences.
Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects in which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor.
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be seen in more than 160 countries worldwide and is one of the few awards ceremonies that span both television and motion picture achievements. The special will be produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.