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Let's talk about Goodfellas

Certainly one of the best mob movies of all time. I'd rank it higher than The Godfather for sure. Martin Scorsese's 1990 film about the real-life Henry Hill who works his way up in the mafia swept nearly every critics award when it was released. It ultimately lost the Best Picture Oscar to Dances with Wolves. Joe Pesci won every major film award for his work as Tommy Devito except the Golden Globe. He lost there to Bruce Davison for Longtime Companion. Lorraine Bracco won many critics awards for playing Henry Hill's long suffering wife but lost the Oscar to Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost. Robert DeNiro also took some awards for playing James Conway, including the New York Film Critics Award, but was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Awakenings instead. Interestingly enough Ray Liotta carried the movie but never got a single nomination from any group for his tremendous work. One of the best scenes was in the middle of the film when Martin's Scorsese's Catherine Scorsese pops up as Tommy Devito's mom. The movie also includes the now classic "How am I funny?" scene. Other actors Sam Jackson had a bit role as druggie Stacks Edwards. Gina Mastrogiacomo, who played Janice Rossi, died in her 30s of a bacterial infection in her heart. Martin's dad Charles Scorsese also played a bit part. Pre-Sopranos Michael Imperioli had a memorable scene as doomed Spyder. His costar Vincent Pastore also appears. Vincent Gallo, then Vinnie Gallo, was an extra in the film too. Debi Mazar and Illeana Douglas had roles as mafia girlfriends. Morrie's wigs don't come off.


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