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De Niro gets top LA Bafta award

Robert De Niro
De Niro's films include Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Deer Hunter

Actor Robert De Niro has received the Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film at the Bafta/LA Britannia awards.

De Niro, currently starring in comedy drama Everybody's Fine, said he was "happy" to be at the Los Angeles event.

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas was also recognised at the ceremony, receiving a trophy for his worldwide contribution to filmed entertainment.

Other prizes went to director Danny Boyle, actor Colin Firth and actress Emily Blunt.

Boyle, whose film Slumdog Millionaire won eight Oscars earlier this year, said it was "lovely" to receive a directing award named in honour of late film-maker John Schlesinger.

'Emblematic'

Firth, meanwhile, received a humanitarian award at the ceremony, hosted by the writer and broadcaster Stephen Fry.

Dev Patel and Freida Pinto
Slumdog stars Patel and Pinto played a couple on screen and are now one off

Elsewhere Emily Blunt, star of The Young Victoria and upcoming horror remake The Wolfman, said she was "thrilled" to be named British artist of the year.

"To be honoured with something that's so emblematic of where I'm from is really exciting," said the 26-year-old.

Benicio Del Toro, her co-star in The Wolfman, was at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza to see Blunt collect her accolade.

Other celebrities at the event included actress Minnie Driver, Slumdog Millionaire couple Freida Pinto and Dev Patel and Blunt's Sunshine Cleaning co-star Amy Adams.

Lucy Davis, star of The Office, was also in attendance with her father, the comedian Jasper Carrott.



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