Robert De Niro argues his right to ‘voice opinion’ on ‘abuse’ at SAG Awards

The SAG Awards 2020 saw film legend Robert De Niro bag the Lifetime Achievement award from none other than Leonardo DiCaprio before calling out the "dire" political situation.

Leonardo DiCaprio presented the award to the film icon, claiming that DeNiro's performances over the past five decades have transformed audiences.

Speaking to the crowd of film and TV legends, DiCaprio said: "His characters have echoed through our culture," citing films such as Goodfellas, Casino, The Godfather II and Raging Bull.

He went on to share with the audience, the impact Robert had on him, due to his "fearless pursuit of authenticity".

Robert De Niro was last seen on screen, playing mob leader Frank Sheeran in the crime drama, The Irishman.

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He later took to the stage after a montage of clips from his career which spans almost six decades.

As the crowd erupted in applause, De Niro said: "Thank you, as actors, we don't take victory laps, we're too worried about what our next job will be.

"We as actors don't do it all alone, we can't. We depend on each other for collaboration, both on-screen and off."

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The Matilda star went on to thank the SAG guild, claiming that there is hostility towards unions.

He went on to list a string of issues that political leaders who support unions are likely to get behind, such as affordable health care, fair wages and benefits and sensible gun control.

Robert continued to say: "we owe them our support and we owe them our vote".

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He branded the current political climate "dire" before adding: "There's right and there's wrong, there's common sense and there's abuse of power.

"As a citizen, I have the right to voice my opinion."

The Dirty Grandpa star went on to say that he will continue to voice his opinion when he spots an abuse of power.

"That's all I'm going to say about that tonight."

He ended his speech by thanking his "beautiful" family as well as the acting community.

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