Robert DeNiro Lands Golden Globes’ DeMille Award

“Raging Bull” star will be honored at next January’s ceremony

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is talking to Robert De Niro, and they’re delivering the message that the veteran actor has been named recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, which will be given to De Niro at next January’s Golden Globe Awards.

Robert De NiroThe selection of De Niro was made by the HFPA’s board of directors and announced on Tuesday by Philip Berk, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The DeMille Award has in recent years gone to Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams and Michael Douglas.

De Niro won a Golden Globe for his performance in “Raging Bull,” and has been nominated seven more times over the years, most in the Globes’ dramatic categories. His most recent Globes nomination, though, is indicative of a career shift away from the tough dramas with which he made his name: it came for the comedy “Meet the Parents.”

The HFPA did not, however, nominate De Niro for his role in "The Godfather Part II," for which he won the first of his two Academy Awards.

Most recently, De Niro appeared in the John Curran drama "Stone" with Edward Norton. His upcoming films include the "Meet the Parents" sequel "Little Fokkers."

The Golden Globes are chosen by 80-odd journalists who write for foreign newspapers,  magazines and websites. The upcoming ceremony, the 68th, will take place on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Comic actor Ricky Gervais will host.

(Photo by John Filo)