In January 2020, Hollywood actor Robert De Niro gained the SAG (Star Actors Guild) Life Achievement award. In his speech, he stated he was grateful for “being a part of this community of actors and for being able to have a career with dignity and creative fulfillment”.
He attributed his achievements to everybody each on and off-screen including that actors can’t do it alone. “We depend on each other for collaboration in our work and support and fellowship.”
He took the chance to make a powerful political assertion encouraging viewers to vote for politicians that intend to deal with inequalities; those that will assist common healthcare, humane immigration, environmental conservation, reproductive rights, gun management and truthful wages and advantages. He stated: “We owe them our support and we owe them our vote.”
He reaffirmed that he would proceed to make use of his place to guide, encourage and assist change. “There’s 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 an actor, an athlete, a musician to voice my opinions and if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use whenever I see a blatant abuse of power.”