With the recent announcement that he would receive this year’s life achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild, Robert De Niro could add another honor to the long list of the ones he already has. If he were to get nominated for Best Film Actor for Netflix’s “The Irishman” or for the ensemble prize for “The Irishman” or “Joker,” De Niro would become the third performer to receive the life achievement prize and be nominated at the guild in the same year.
The first time this happened was 15 years ago when James Garner was nominated for his supporting role in “The Notebook” the same year he was awarded the life achievement honor. Garner would lose the acting prize to eventual Oscar winner Morgan Freeman for “Million Dollar Baby,” and would be snubbed at the Oscars.
The other instance occurred three years ago. The same year Lily Tomlin received the life achievement award, she was nominated for Best TV Comedy Actress for “Grace and Frankie.” She would go on to lose that race to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for “Veep,” but she would get nominated at the Emmys for the role the following summer only to lose once again to JLD.
De Niro is no stranger in receiving these kinds of achievements. He’s a two-time Oscar winner (Best Supporting Actor for “The Godfather: Part II” in 1974 and Best Actor for “Raging Bull” in 1980), a Golden Globe winner (Best Drama Actor for “Raging Bull”) and a Cecil B. DeMille recipient. He’s also received the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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