The 2011 Golden Globe Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in LA – and it was a night where comedy reigned supreme. Taking to the stage to accept his Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert de Niro proved that he was no exception.
Not only did de Niro show that he was just as good a comedian as he was a drama actor, but he also managed to include almost everyone in his acceptance speech.
Some media outlets considered that his speech turned awkward towards the end, when he joked about working visas and having members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association deported at the end of the show.
Others, though, believed he killed it with his acceptance speech, proving that, after four decades in the industry and doing iconic movies, de Niro could easily add standup comedian to his resume.
“I was very, very moved and gratified when you made the announcement [of the DeMille Award] two months ago, before you had a chance to review ‘Little Fockers’,” de Niro began his 4-minute speech by saying, as the video below will also confirm.
He then went on to say, in more or less veiled terms that he, just like any other person out there, also has to do certain things that he doesn’t like for a paycheck, including starring in the critically panned comedy.
“It’s OK; we all have our jobs to do. And the important thing is we’re all in this together – the filmmakers who make the movies, and the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press who in turn pose for pictures with the movie stars,” he joked.
“More Hollywood Foreign Press members would have been here, but they were deported just before the show. Along with most of the waiters. [Groan from the audience] And Javier Bardem. And I hope you all have your papers in order, because Homeland Security will be checking them right after they finish full-body scans of Megan Fox,” de Niro continued.
On a more serious note, he told the audience that he was thrilled he was enjoying this wonderful chance of doing something that he loved that would, in the eyes of future generations, possibly be considered as art.
“At a certain point you just have to let both of them [children and movies] go and hope for the best. It’s up to the audiences to decide if it’s entertainment, the critics to decide if it’s good, and ultimately posterity to decide if it’s art,” the legendary actor said.
Below is Robert de Niro’s acceptance speech as he’s handed the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the Golden Globes 2011. Enjoy.
DeNiro is scum! He made a reference to hoping your children can stay in private schools! Well public schools are the way MOST of the population goes to school and he's scorning it??? No way will I ever see another of his awful movies.
Comment #9.1 by: Carol on 18 Jan 2011, 23:37 GMT
Totally agree with you. Even my 15 year old daughter was disgusted by his comment.
Comment #10 by: missbetty on 17 Jan 2011, 21:38 UTC
I "LOVE" Robert DeNiro. He's one of the greatest actors, in my opinion,ever. I'll never forget The Deer Hunter,The God Father,Analyze This, the list goes on. The Fockers and sequel. He's also a great humanitarian not expecting any glory for himself.
Comment #11 by: 2jaysmom on 17 Jan 2011, 23:40 UTC
Robertr DeNiro is one of a kind! I loved that he did not mind expressisng himself his way nand on his own terms! Who gives a care if he speak wasn't rehearsed or that he did not make it nice nice with the suit! Way to GO DeNiro~ Keep it coming
And where were his parents from? So stupid and too sad to know he has Italian blood.
Comment #12.1 by: Carol on 18 Jan 2011, 23:33 GMT
I totally agree. My dad was an Immigrant from Calabria and didn't get to make millions of dollars for a few months work, but what little he had went to his children's education and he was front and center fighting for public schools. Shame on DeNiro for that stupid thoughtless comment-some people just forget from whence they came once they have several millions in the bank.
Not what I was expecting from Deniro, definitely not his best speech. It doesn't matter because he's still a great person and anyone who thinks his comments were offensive, well they need to grow up. Rude, bitter, presumptuous, racist....blown way out of proportion
I think he was right, such a great actor and they didn't show some of his greatest movies like score and heat and so on. offensive to him! why?!.... he was right after all. plus you never know what was going on behind it.
Robert Di Niro , he is the best , he deserve the award becuase of many thing such as he is a good person as he is good actor , he gave us alot of wise from acting , he could represent all the roles .. such a good actor , i think that hollywood wont brith actor like Rober Di niro .. I met Mr. Robert in London In 2000 he was nice person and kind ..
GoodFellas , Mean Streats , Raging Bull , Analyze this , A Bronx Tale , Heat , Wag The Dog , The Dear Hunter , Sleepers , Taxi Driver , Awakenings , The Untouchables , Casino , Meet the Parents , Hide And Seek , Backdraft , Cop land , Once upon a time in america ,This Boys life , Angle heart , Ronin , Midnight run ..
It`s about time he got he got this award for all the work he done. I wouldn`t give it to anyone elsa but Robert de niro he is the best in the world. and i mean THE BEST IN THE WORLD>>>. he should off got it years ago`s. well done to robert de niro a big fan and got all his dvd and bluray. why can he be a sir or Lord