Robert De Niro Turns Comic During Lifetime Achievement Award Speech

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Actor grateful to be slated for the reward 'well before the reviews of 'Little Fockers’'

Robert De Niro was recognized for a career of great dramatic acting at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. But his speech was almost entirely comedy during the acceptance of the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

De Niro thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for naming him for the prestigious award "well before you had a chance to review Little Fockers. I saw those," he joked. "It's okay, we all have our jobs to do."

The iconic star of Taxi Driver and The Godfather: Part II also pointed out some of his other films like Marvin's Room and Everybody's Fine. Though "most of you would be seeing it the first time."

"These movies are like my children, except my children are more expensive and cannot be made into 3D to push up your grosses," he added.

The award is given to people "who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment," according to the HFPA.

In introducing him, actor Matt Damon said De Niro had "one of the greatest careers an actor has ever had."