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Leonardo DiCaprio Presents Robert De Niro With SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

Leonardo DiCaprio Presents Robert De Niro With SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

We can think of worse people to present us with an award than Leonardo DiCaprio, but Robert De Niro reunited with his on-screen son as he was presented with a SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.

The pair first starred together in 1993's This Boy's Life before going on to work on films such as Marvin's Room and Martin Scorsese's The Audition.

The Screen Actor's Guild Awards 2020 saw an array of awards doled out to deserving winners, and this year it was the turn of esteemed actor Robert De Niro to be honoured for his services to acting thanks to films like Taxi Driver, Goodfellas and The Irishman.

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Outside of his work with DiCaprio, De Niro's 54-year career has spanned across iconic roles in Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Cape Fear, Jackie Brown, Meet the Parents and Silver Linings Playbook.

Last year, he starred in the global box office hit Joker alongside Joaquin Phoenix and re-teamed with famous director Martin Scorsese for Netflix's The Irishman.

De Niro first starred alongside a teenage DiCaprio in This Boy's Life. Credit: Shutterstock
De Niro first starred alongside a teenage DiCaprio in This Boy's Life. Credit: Shutterstock

De Niro is the 56th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award, joining past winners like Dick Van Dyke in 2012, Debbie Reynolds in 2014 and Morgan Freeman in 2018.

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Gabrielle Carteris, president of the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) said: "Robert De Niro is an actor of extraordinary depth and ability.

"The characters he creates captivate our imaginations. From the smouldering inferno of young Vito Corleone to the raging bull Jake Lamotta and everybody's grandpa Ben Whittaker, he continues to touch our hearts and open our minds to new and exciting worlds of understanding and emotion.

"It is my great privilege to announce that SAG-AFTRA's highest honour will be presented to one of the most singular talents of our generation, Robert De Niro."

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Discussing the award, De Niro said: "I have been a member of this union for over 50 years. It's an honour to receive this award from SAG-AFTRA."

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iCaprio will present the award. Credit: Shutterstock
iCaprio will present the award. Credit: Shutterstock

The 76-year-old is a seven-time Academy Award nominee, a six-time BAFTA nominee and a nine-time Golden Globe nominee. He also made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale.

DiCaprio, 45, and De Niro are now set to begin filming once again for Scorsese's latest film - an adaptation of the murder mystery book Killers of the Flower Moon.

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Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto worked with 77-year-old Scorsese on many of his projects, including his latest release The Irishman, as well as The Wolf of Wall Street which of course starred DiCaprio as stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

In an interview with Collider, Prieto confirmed that their new project is very much set to begin, saying: "Right now I'm in the process of researching different ways of shooting it so we still have to actually meet, and I'll show him images, propose ideas.

"He'll probably have his thoughts too, but we still haven't figured [out the tone of the film]. So, on the way."

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Featured Image Credit: SAG Awards

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Niamh Spence

Niamh Spence is a freelance writer, covering lifestyle topics. She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University in Journalism in 2012 and has switched between PR and journalism ever since. Usually found with coffee and on twitter.