Martin Scorsese, the director of the critically acclaimed film The Irishman, has endured a miserable 2020 Academy Awards after failing to win a single category.
Scorsese, whose film was nominated in 10 different categories, failed to win a single award after being overcome by Sam Mendes film 1917 and Bong Joon-ho’s South Korean project Parasite.
The film, an epic crime film directed and produced by Scorsese, was written by Steven Zaillian and based on the 2004 nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt.
Boasting an all-star cast with names such as Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, Ray Romano, Anna Paquin, Stephen Graham, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Jesse Plemons, and more, the film was ramped up for the 92nd Academy Awards but failed to register a single victory.
Despite its hype and critical acclaim, Scorsese walks away with the unfortunate label of being the first director to have two films go 0-for-10 at the Oscars—the first instance occurring in 2002 when his film Gangs of New York flopped on the big occasion.
“Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organized crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century,” the film’s synopsis reads.
“Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries and connections to mainstream politics.”