Sadly, it has been 20 years since Robert De Niro was last nominated for an Oscar (1991 for Cape Fear), and lately it’s becoming more and more obvious that the days of De Niro being De Niro are over. If you take a look at Robert De Niro’s filmography on Rotten Tomatoes, you’ll see a lot of films over the last ten years that have received a “rotten” rating. By the late 1990s into the 2000s it looked like De Niro was leaning towards becoming a staple in the world of comedy with the Meet The Parents trilogy and the Analyze This-Analyze That series. Lately however, with films like Limitless, Stone, Righteous Kill, and others, his drama acting seems so forced and unnatural. Say what you want about his age, but other actors like Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman have received countless accolades over the last few years and they’re older than De Niro. In no way am I insulting his career in general, if you read some of my other blogs you’ll see I label him as one of the 4 greatest actors ever, but it’s safe to say that his strive for Oscar gold is dead. So, next time you find yourself watching a De Niro film, raise your glass and toast to a career that fizzled and faded into the sunset.