Robert De Niro is a legendary actor who heads into Sunday's Academy Awards with two Oscars already under his belt.

He hoisted his first statuette in 1975 for "The Godfather, Part II." De Niro won Best Supporting Actor for his gripping turn as Vito Corleone. Remember this?

robert de niro first oscars

Just half a decade later, De Niro once again found himself giving an acceptance speech at the Oscars. This time, he had upgraded to Best Actor, awarded for his starring role as Jake LaMotta in 1980's "Raging Bull." The below, timeless, photo was snapped after he won.

robert de niro first oscar

Though De Niro was nominated two more times before the millenium turned (in '91 for "Awakenings" and '92 for "Cape Fear"), he batted a solid .000. Cut to this year's Oscars, and Rober Mario De Niro Jr. once again has a shot at Oscar gold.

He's nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Silver Linings Playbook," a David O. Russell film that's a bit of an actor's favorite (it's the only movie to produce nominations in all four acting categories this year). Quite a bit has happened over the course of De Niro's career (also, in the wider world). Here's a still from the film -- let us know how you think Bobby aged in the comments.

robert de niro first oscar

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  • Best Picture

    "Argo"

  • Best Picture

    "Lincoln"

  • Best Picture

    "Amour"

  • Best Picture

    "Zero Dark Thirty"

  • Best Picture

    "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Picture

    "Les Miserables"

  • Best Picture

    "Life of Pi"

  • Best Picture

    "Django Unchained"

  • Best Picture

    "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

  • Best Actor

    Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"

  • Best Actor

    Bradley Cooper, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Actor

    Hugh Jackman, "Les Miserables"

  • Best Actor

    Denzel Washington, "Flight"

  • Best Actor

    Joaquin Phoenix, "The Master"

  • Best Actress

    Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Actress

    Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"

  • Best Actress

    Naomi Watts, "The Impossible"

  • Best Actress

    Quvenzhane Wallis, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

  • Best Actress

    Emmanuelle Riva, "Amour"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Tommy Lee Jones, "Lincoln"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Robert De Niro, "Silver Linings Notebook"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, "The Master"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Alan Arkin, "Argo"

  • Best Supporting Actor

    Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Anne Hathaway, "Les Miserables"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Sally Field, "Lincoln"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Helen Hunt, "The Sessions"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Amy Adams, "The Master"

  • Best Supporting Actress

    Jacki Weaver, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Director

    Steven Spielberg, "Lincoln"

  • Best Director

    David O. Russell, "Silver Linings Playbook"

  • Best Director

    Ang Lee, "Life of Pi"

  • Best Director

    Michael Haneke, "Amour"

  • Best Director

    Behn Zeitlin, "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "Brave"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "Frankenweenie"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "ParaNorman"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "The Pirates! Band of Misfits"

  • Best Animated Feature Film

    "Wreck-It Ralph"

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