Bullish on De Niro, IFP set to fete him

Thesp to receive Bravo lifetime achievement award

NEW YORK — The Independent Feature Project has announced that Robert De Niro will receive the 2001 Bravo lifetime achievement award at the 11th annual IFP Gotham Awards, to take place in October at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers.

De Niro will attend the ceremony, which typically draws more than 1,000 filmmakers, thesps and entertainment execs in support of New York-based independent film.

“What we’ve been trying to do with the (lifetime achievement) award is to bring together the New York film community in paying tribute to a great individual with a weighty artistic achievement,” IFP exec director Michelle Byrd told Daily Variety. “De Niro has always been the one person we’ve felt we were missing.”

De Niro has appeared in roughly 70 films and produced more than 10 with his Tribeca Prods. partner Jane Rosenthal. He’s a six-time Oscar nominee, picking up the best supporting actor nod in 1974 for “The Godfather, Part II” and the best actor nod in 1980 for “Raging Bull.”

Last year’s lifetime achievement award went to Robert Altman. Previous honorees include Meryl Streep, Sidney Lumet, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Al Pacino, Robert Shaye and Martin Scorsese.

Among this year’s sponsors are ABC, Bravo, HBO, the Independent Film Channel, the New York Times, and Daily Variety. The ceremony will be taped for telecast on Bravo.