Hollywood Film Awards: Robert De Niro to Receive Career Achievement Honor (Exclusive)

Robert De Niro Tribeca Film Festival - H 2013
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Robert De Niro Tribeca Film Festival - H 2013

Robert De Niro, the legendary star of innumerable classic American films over the past 50 years — among them Mean Streets, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The Untouchables, GoodFellas, Casino and Silver Linings Playbook — will receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th Hollywood Film Awards, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The ceremony will take place Beverly Hilton Hotel on Nov. 1.

The 72-year-old can be seen in three new films this year: Nancy Meyers' The Intern (Sept. 25), opposite Anne Hathaway; Scott Mann's The Heist (Nov. 13), a crime-thriller; and Oscar-hopeful Joy (Dec. 25), which will reunite him with his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle writer-director David O. Russell and co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper.

Past recipients of this honor — which comes at an awards ceremony that bills itself as "the official launch of the awards season" and therefore tends to honor people who are actively vying for accolades — include Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Keaton and Robin Williams.

This year's Hollywood Film Awards will not be televised, unlike last year's, which aired on CBS but generated disappointing ratings. Nevertheless, Dick Clark Productions, which became a key investor in the event in 2013, will continue to produce it. "The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season," Allen Shapiro, CEO of DCP, says. "We are honored to have Robert De Niro as this year’s recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award."

The recipients of the event's many other awards will be announced in the coming days and weeks.