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Plot, Details & Awards

Goodfellas

R In Theaters 09/19/1990 , 146min.
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Plot & Details

Martin Scorsese explores the life of organized crime with his gritty, kinetic adaptation of Nicolas Pileggi's best-selling Wiseguy, the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill. Set to a true-to-period rock soundtrack, the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the "wise guys" in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. He begins hanging around the mobsters, running errands and doing odd jobs until he gains the notice of local chieftain Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino), who takes him in as a surrogate son. As he reaches his teens, Hill (Ray Liotta) is inducted into the world of petty crime, where he distinguishes himself as a "stand-up guy" by choosing jail time over ratting on his accomplices. From that moment on, he is a part of the family. Along with his psychotic partner Tommy (Joe Pesci), he rises through the ranks to become Paulie's lieutenant; however, he quickly learns that, like his mentor Jimmy (Robert DeNiro), his ethnicity prevents him from ever becoming a "made guy," an actual member of the crime family. Soon he finds himself the target of both the feds and the mobsters, who feel that he has become a threat to their security with his reckless dealings. Goodfellas was rewarded with six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture; Pesci would walk away with Best Supporting Actor for his work.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Thelma Schoonmaker Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Nicholas Pileggi Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Irwin Winkler Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Lorraine Bracco Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Martin Scorsese Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Martin Scorsese Nominated
1990 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Joe Pesci Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Martin Scorsese Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Martin Scorsese Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Editing Award Thelma Schoonmaker Won
1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Nicholas Pileggi Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Richard Bruno Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Martin Scorsese Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Lorraine Bracco Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Martin Scorsese Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Nicholas Pileggi Nominated
1990 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Joe Pesci Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Martin Scorsese Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Martin Scorsese Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Editing Award Thelma Schoonmaker Won
1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Nicholas Pileggi Won
1990 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Richard Bruno Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Directors Guild of America Best Director Martin Scorsese Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Michael Ballhaus Won
1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Lorraine Bracco Won
1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Joe Pesci Won
1989 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Martin Scorsese Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Joe Pesci Won
1990 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1989 National Society of Film Critics Best Director Martin Scorsese Won
1989 National Society of Film Critics Best Picture Won
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