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Robert De Niro will be honored at The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards with the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award, it was announced today by former Golden Globe nominee Kevin Spacey.
"De Niro is so deserving of this award; he's probably the most iconic actor who's created the most indelible film roles, but he's also done a remarkable job as a citizen," says Spacey, whose new movie 'Casino Jack' opens in theaters Dec. 17. "You look at people who have taken the position that they've had and done a lot to help emerging filmmakers, done a lot to help showcase other talents, and I think there's no one more deserving this year."
De Niro, whose resume includes countless cinematic classics ranging from such Martin Scorsese collaborations as 'Taxi Driver,' 'Raging Bull' and 'Goodfellas' to 'The Godfather Part II,' 'The Deer Hunter,' 'Analyze This' and 'Meet the Parents,' will be recognized for his outstanding contribution to the entertainment field.
Over the course of his career, De Niro has been nominated for eight Golden Globes in both the drama and comedy categories, and he won for 'Raging Bull.'
Previous recipients of the Cecil B. DeMille Award include Scorsese, Alfred Hitchcock, Lucille Ball, Sidney Poitier, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery and Barbra Streisand.
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, to be hosted by Ricky Gervais, will be broadcast live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, January 16, 2011.