Robert De Niro to Receive Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award

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The actor will be honored at a gala on May 8.

Robert De Niro has been named the recipient of the 44th annual Chaplin Award, The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Saturday.

The Film Society will honor the Oscar-winning actor, seen next in The Comedian and co-directing A Bronx Tale on Broadway, at a gala on May 8.

The evening will celebrate his multifaceted career in cinema, including his filmography and his championing of independent film through the Tribeca Film Festival and Tribeca Film Institute.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor the artistry of Robert De Niro, a hometown icon,” Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society’s board chairman, said in a statement. “His portrayal of New York characters has helped define this city for the entire world.”

“De Niro has long been such a legendary presence that one can overlook the remarkably fine-tuned craft and quality he has brought to his roles over his multi-decade career,” said Lesli Klainberg, executive director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. “If you watch his performances, from Mean Streets and The Godfather Part II to Raging Bull and Awakenings and on to his more recent work in such films as Silver Linings Playbook, you see a dramatic range and unwavering commitment to his work.”

Past recipients of the Film Society’s annual honor include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford and, last year, Morgan Freeman.