LOS ANGELES: Hollywood veteran Robert De Niro , who was given the Life Achievement Award at SAG awards, took his time on the stage to appeal to the voters to seem for candidates who support unions.
The 76-year-old actor said the support from SAG meant tons to him, especially "these days, when there's such a lot hostility towards unions".
"Political leaders who support unions are more likely to support Affordable Care Act, equitable taxes, humane immigration regulations, a secure environment, a various citizenry, reproductive rights, sensible regulation , and fair wages and benefits. We owe them our support and that we owe them our vote," De Niro said in his acceptance speech as reported by Deadline.
The actor said since he was during a position to boost his voice against "blatant abuse of power", he would do so whenever things demanded.
"I imagine a number of you're saying, 'Alright, let's not get into the politics.' But we are in such a dire situation that's deeply concerning to me, and to numerous others, so I had to mention something. There's right and there is wrong, and there is sense and there is abuse of power, and as a citizen, I even have the maximum amount right as anybody- an actor, an athlete, a musician, anybody else- to voice my opinion. And if I even have a much bigger voice due to my situation, I'm getting to use it whenever I see blatant abuse of power," De Niro said because the audience rose to offer him a ovation .
The award was presented to "The Irishman" star by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who called the senior actor "elemental".
"It feels as if he's always been here and always are going to be here," DiCaprio said.
He then recalled his first experience of working with De Niro on "This Boy's Life" in 1993.
"To share scenes with an artist of his magnitude was monumental. it had been a life-changing experience," DiCaprio said.
He also paid tribute to the partnership between De Niro and director Scorsese .
"Inarguably the best partnership in cinema history. they need single-handedly defined and elevated a whole genre," the 45-year-old actor said.
In a first, the trio of Scorsese, De Niro and DiCaprio are going to be working within the director's next "Killers of the Flower Moon".