De Niro honoured with DeMille award at Golden Globe

Monday, January 17, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Hollywood legend Robert De Niro has been honoured with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards here for his outstanding contribution to the world of entertainment.

Considered one of the greatest actors of his time, the 67-year-old has acted in over 80 titles with his biggest break as the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather Part II”, a role that won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He has to his credit movies like “Mean Streets”, “Raging Bull”, “Taxi Driver”, “Cape Fear”, “The Deer Hunter”, “Awakenings”, “New York, New York”, “Midnight Run”, “Analyze This” and “Meet the Parents” to name a few.

Having produced over 30 titles, he has also wielded the megaphone for movies like “The Good Shepherd” and “A Bronx Tale”.

De Niro presented the same award to his long time collaborator and veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese last year.

The Cecil B. DeMille award winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) board of directors and presented each year (except for 1976).

The first woman to receive the award was Judy Garland in 1962 (following Fred Astaire, which delighted her no end), the next was Joan Crawford in 1970.

The list of winners provides a spectrum of talented artistes who have impacted the world of entertainment, be it Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery, Walt Disney or Barbra Streisand.

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