Joe Pesci earns his third Oscar nomination with quiet menace for ‘The Irishman’

Jan 14, 2020 1529

BY: Mark Olsen

Joe Pesci is known for volatile, explosive performances in such films as Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” along with more antic, comic turns in the “Lethal Weapon” and “Home Alone” movies and “My Cousin Vinny.” So, the still menace of Pesci’s performance in Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” playing Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino as a man confident in the illicit power he wields, has struck many as revelatory, all the more so coming as Pesci’s first movie role in nearly 10 years.

The role in “The Irishman” has earned Pesci his third Oscar nod for supporting actor; he was also nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. for the Golden Globe Awards, SAG-AFTRA for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for the BAFTA Awards. “The Irishman” earned 10 Oscar nominations overall.

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