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Robert DeNiro

Wins Oscar

31 Mar, 1981

DeNiro nabs the Best Actor win at the Academy Awards for his portrayal of the life and death of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta in Martin Scorcese’s biopic Raging Bull. DeNiro:

I want to thank everyone. Since it’s said so often, but it’s true and it’s…what can I say? I want to thank . . . . Vickie La Motta and all the other wives, and Joey La Motta even though he’s suing us. I hope that settles soon enough so I can go over to his house and eat once in a while.

Robert De Niro Wins Best Actor: 1981 Oscars