Robert De Niro was honored with the Life Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards yesterday and there is no doubt that after such a long career filled with iconic and critically acclaimed roles, he deserves it! Furthermore, the actor also delivered a very memorable acceptance speech in which he talked about the current political climate.
After being presented with the honor by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio who admitted to having studied the 76 year old actor while starting his own career in Hollywood, De Niro received a standing ovation.
As he started his speech, the experienced star first teased that there is a project he’s currently involved in with DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese.
He went on: I’ve been puzzled over what to say in order to express my appreciation for this award, but more than that, being part of this community of actors, being able to have a career with dignity, and with creative fulfillment. We, as actors, do not do it all alone. We cannot do it alone. We depend on one another for collaboration in our work and for support and fellowship both on screen and off, and for that, I’m so grateful.’
Then, perhaps even more notably, the actor went on to bring attention to the ‘dire’ political reality we are currently living and which is ‘so deeply concerning.’
‘There is right and there’s wrong, and there’s common sense and there’s abuse of power. And as a citizen, I have as much right as anybody else – an actor, athlete, a musician, anyone else – to voice my own opinion. And if I have a bigger voice due of my situation, I’m going to use it whenever I see blatant abuse of power,’ De Niro said as the crowd showed their agreement by applauding and cheering.