Robert De Niro will receive BAFTA/LA’s most prestigious film award the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award For Excellence In Film at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.

De Niro, who will next be seen in Miramax’s comedy Everybody’s Fine opposite Drew Barrymore and Kate Beckinsale, will collect the honour at the awards gala on November 5.

De Niro won the best actor Academy Award for Raging Bull in 1981 and earned four other nominations for Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Awakenings and Cape Fear.

His long list of credits include Goodfellas, The Last Tycoon, The Godfather Part II, Once Upon A Time In America, Heat, Angel Heart, Analyze This,Midnight Run, 1900, Meet The Parents, and Shark Tale.

De Niro co-founded Tribeca Productions with Jane Rosenthal in 1988 and together they launched the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York.

“Robert De Niro is truly a film icon, and his formidable ability to disappear into each and every character he plays makes him one of the most acclaimed actors in the world,” BAFTA/LA chairman Peter Morris said.