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The longest Netflix movie “The Irishman” leads nominations for Critics Choice Awards

“The Irishman,” Martin Scorsese’s film, leads the nominations for the United States and Canada Critics Association awards. In all there are 14 nominations, including Best Picture and Director.

“The Irishman” is out now on Netflix | Photo: Beatriz Bandeira

Announced this Sunday, Martin Scorsese’s movie and the miniseries When They See Us, both produced by Netflix, are the top nominations for the United States and Canada Critics’ Association Awards.

The Irishman made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in late September and has been characterised, since the beginning of filming, as a rather controversial production. After the commercial release in the USA on November 1st, the film was added to the Netflix catalog worldwide.

Despite all fourteen nominations, Londoners seem quite divided on their opinion of the movie.  “It’s incredible; Robert de Niro and Al Pacino played such good roles”, said a Londoner.

According to another Londoner: “ the length was too long, but the storyline is quite interesting. It was difficult to stay more than three hours seating on a sofa.”

Other bystander argued: “It’s another brilliant Scorsese movie about the mafia world, money, and politics. The great magic of the movie is on the development of the characters, we see their past and future and the characterisation they have done is amazing. Explore their lives and what drives them: greed, fear, power, lack of control. The cast is great and I loved the performance of each of them. A special Shoutout to Al Pacino’s that has returned to the movie world with an unusual character; a very surgical humor has always been on point.”

Overall, despite the big stars and the director, interviewees commented the movie was too long and started to became dry.

Speaking earlier with the film critic, Francisca Vieira de Almeida, she argued: The Irishman has no Goodfellas rhythm, not even Casino’s charisma, or The Departed narrative (all movies from Martin Scorsese). The movie is over three hours which not always call the viewer’s interest. The movie offers calm and studies tribute to the greatest cinematic interest of the Scorcese (Mafia), but this time without glorifying. The representations of the great actors make the film. But that is not always enough.

According to the list released, the nominations categories for the Irishman are Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay and portrayal of Robert De Niro as lead actor, and Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, as secondary actors.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” is nominated for 12 awards, followed by Greta Gerwig’s “The Little Women” with nine and Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” with eight.

On television, the lead goes to the miniseries “When They See Us” by Ava DuVernay, with six nominations, followed by the series “This Is Us” of NBC and “Schitt’s Creek”, with five nominations each.

Netflix streaming platform tops the awards with 61 nominations. HBO, which produces and exhibits, among others, the “Game of Thrones”, “Chernobyl” and “The Watchmen” series, has 33 nominations.

The 25th awards ceremony will take place on January 12th. The nominations were announced the day before the Golden Globe nominees were met, who also distinguished film and television productions. According to the association’s official website, these critics’ awards are one of the best indicators of nominations for the Oscars, the US film awards.