The actor and Tribeca Film festival co-founder will collect the Santa Barbara’s excellence in film honour from Douglas himself on Dec 8.

De Niro stars in Silver Linings Playbook for which he is is generating heat for his supporting actor role. He won the supporting actor Oscar for The Godfather: Part II and the lead actor Oscar for Raging Bull.

Previous recipients include Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino, Ed Harris, John Travolta and Kirk Douglas himself.

The Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film serves as a fundraiser for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which is set to run from Jan 24-Feb 3.