Joe Pesci up for Best Supporting Actor for Scene-stealing ‘Irishman’ Role


Pesci, 76, quickly won critical acclaim when he approached the part of real-life Mafia boss Russell Bufalino in an evolutionary, nuanced and quietly brilliant way. 

Newark, N.J. native Joe Pesci earned the third Best Supporting Actor nomination of his career for his scene-stealing performance in Martin Scorsese’s 2019 gangster epic “The Irishman.”

Pesci, 76, quickly won critical acclaim when he approached the part of real-life Mafia boss Russell Bufalino in an evolutionary, nuanced and quietly brilliant way.

Some scenes were filmed in Paterson, just north of his hometown, according to NJ.com.

“The Irishman” is centered on Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), who claimed he killed Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino).

Pacino was also nominated in the same category for his role in the Netflix drama.

“The Irishman” scored a total of 10 Oscar nods, including best director for Scorsese, best picture, and best adapted screenplay for Steven Zaillian.

Pesci was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Tommy DeVito in “Goodfellas” (1990), and Joey in “Raging Bull” (1981).

When the humbled artist took the stage to accept the Oscar in 1991, he offered just five words: “It’s my privilege. Thank you.”

Bona fortuna, Joe!

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