The Irishman, the Netflix mob flick that Director Martin Scorsese partly shot on Long Island, was snubbed Sunday during the Academy Awards despite being nominated for 10 Oscars.
The movie was in three-way tie for second-most 2020 Academy Award nominations with British World War I drama 1917, which won three Oscars, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood, which won two. Joker received the most nominations with 11 and ended the night with two Oscars. South Korean film Parasite won Best Picture, going down in history as the first foreign film to do so.
The Irishman was nominated 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 were Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. The Irishman was the only Best Picture nominee to go home empty handed.
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The 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.
The three and a half hour long saga cost $159 million to make and was in development for years before finally coming to fruition. It marks the first time Pacino, who plays Hoffa, worked with Scorsese. And Pesci, who plays mob boss Russell Bufalino, had to be begged out of retirement to take his part.
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.