The 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards let Robert De Niro know that he is a good friend on Sunday night.
The two-time Oscar winner was recognized by Life Achievement during the 26th annual SAG celebration at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The award pays tribute to “professional achievements and humanitarian achievements” and to those who foster the “best ideals of the acting profession.”
The recognition was granted to De Niro by Oscar and SAG winner Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant” of 2015), who first worked with the 76-year-old actor as a teenager in the 1993 film “This Boy’s Life” .
“The role of an actor is to make us feel that they take us to new places, using their skills to guide us towards a deeper understanding of humanity,” DiCaprio said before showing a reel of some of De Niro’s most notable roles. “For almost 50 years, Robert De Niro’s performances have done exactly that.”
“We have been amazed by his representations of heroes and villains, lenders and leaders, dreamers and sociopaths,” said DiCaprio, who said his own father told him, when DiCaprio was 13, it was worth learning from De Niro’s performance . “His characters have echoed through our culture in iconic films.”
De Niro’s career has spanned six decades and has crossed genres, since the drama: he won the Oscars as a boxer in the 1980s in “Raging Bull” and played Vito Corleone in “The Godfather: Part II” in 1974, until the comedy, including that of 2000 “Meet the parents and the” Little Fockers “franchise. And it’s still strong: De Niro is part of the four-time cast cast nominated for SAG” The Irishman “, which is also in the category Best Picture of the Year Oscar at the 2020 Academy Awards on February 9 at the Los Angeles Dolby Theater.
After receiving a standing ovation, De Niro took the stage to accept the honor and considered the importance of issues such as diversity and abortion rights. Always open, De Niro did not give blows to address the “grave situation” in which he feels that our divided country is at this time.
“It’s good and it’s bad.” And there is common sense and there is abuse of power, “he said, continuing his vocal objections to the current political climate.” And as a citizen, I have as much right as anyone, an actor, an athlete, a musician, anyone else, to express my opinion And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I will use it every time I see a flagrant abuse of power, “he said among the audience’s cheers.
“And that’s all I’m going to say about that tonight.”
De Niro’s performances are often remembered both for his delivery of specific lines and for his general representations. As a taxi driver at the edge of the gun in 1976’s “Taxi Driver,” he practices the makeshift line, “Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me?” In front of a mirror, a turn that is scary and sad. Casino “of 1995, its main casino schools linked to the mafia stressed how things should be handled.” Listen to me. There are three ways of doing things around here: the right way, the wrong way and the way I do it, “he says with barely veiled intimidation. And in the 2000 comedy” Meet the Parents, “when Ben Stiller’s character he proclaims: “You can milk anything with nipples,” during dinner with his girlfriend’s friends, his patronizing father, a retired spy played by De Niro, replies: “I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?