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).
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.
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.
Tribeca's A Bronx Tale in 1993 marked De Niro's directorial debut. He later directed and co-starred in The Good Shepherd with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.
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.
About the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
Founded in the 1940s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA based overseas journalists who sought to bridge the international community with Hollywood, and to provide distraction from the hardships of war through film. Sixty-six years later, members of the HFPA represent 55 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world's most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe Awards, which have enabled the organization to donate more than $10.5 million to entertainment related charities and scholarship programs. For more information, please visit www.hfpa.org, follow on Twitter @goldenglobes, and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Golden-Globes/131161116925915.
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