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2010-11-10 08:15

Los Angeles - Robert De Niro is to be given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes in 2011.

The veteran actor will be given the Cecil B DeMille award in recognition of his career, which has spanned almost 50 years and seen him appear in over 70 films, at the ceremony on January 16 next year.

Fellow actor Kevin Spacey announced the award on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Robert has had a successful career, gaining early acclaim for his intense and emotionally charged roles as gangsters and outsiders in films such as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver and The Godfather: Part II in the late 70s. He won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the latter role, before scooping the coveted Best Actor Oscar in 1980 for his portrayal of boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull.

The actor talked about his aims in this stage of his career at the Doha Tribeca film festival. He said: "I want to make movies that have an impact; my letter to the world if you will. But there are movies I've done over the years where the reaction could have been that way. When we did Taxi Driver, we had no idea that the reaction would be what it was.

"You don't have an idea of that stuff. If it touches a nerve or something in the audience, that's OK – that's how it should be. I hope to do, and am doing, movies that I feel have that."

De Niro has won eight Golden Globe Awards in both the comedy and drama categories. He's also won two Academy Awards and the Kennedy Center Honor.

Previous winners of the Cecil B DeMille award include Barbra Streisand, Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Steven Spielberg and this past year's recipient, Martin Scorsese.

Though he is typically thought of as taking brooding 'tough guy' roles, Robert has also received acclaim for comic turns in films such as Analyze This and Meet The Parents.

Robert's next film Little Fockers will be in South African cinemas from December 24.

- Bang Showbiz

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