Director Martin Scorsese’s epic organized crime saga The Irishman, which was partly filmed on Long Island, is in a three-way tie for second-most 2020 Academy Award nominations with World War I drama 1917 and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood.
Joker received the most nominations with 11. The Irishman was nominated in 10 categories, including for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design. Scorsese was nominated for Best Director and sharing nominations for Best Supporting Actor are Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
“We put all of ourselves into this picture, a true labor of love, and to be recognized in this way means a great deal to all of us,” Scorsese told Variety.
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The Netflix film starring Robert De Niro chronicles the unsolved mystery of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance. Told through the eyes of World War II veteran, hustler, and hit man Frank Sheeran, it is billed as a journey through the hidden corridors of organized crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics.
Scenes in The Irishman were filmed at the Rodeway Inn in Huntington Station, Biscuits & Barbeque in Mineola, Hildebrandt’s ice cream shop in Williston Park, Brookhaven Calabro Airport in Shirley, Hempstead Town Hall, Harry Tappen Marina in Glenwood Landing, Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, and several private homes.
This would be the second Oscar for Scorsese, Pacino, and Pesci. Scorsese was nominated for Best Director 10 times but only won in 2007 for The Departed. Pacino was nominated eight times before for best lead or supporting actor but only won for Best Actor in a Lead Role in 1993 for Scent of A Woman. And Pesci was nominated twice before and won in 1991 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Goodfellas.
The 92 annual Academy Awards air at 5 p.m. Feb. 9 on ABC. The full list of nominees can be found here.