Monday, July 25, 2022

The world is a poorer place - Another Goodfella is gone

Actor Paul Sorvino has died of natural causes at the age of 83, almost two months to the day that his Goodfellas castmate Ray Liotta passed. 
We've been losing generations of actors the likes of which we won't see again. This point is driven home when I look at what passes these days for "stars". It's hard not to feel nostalgic for all the lost talent. This year's "TCM Remembers" is going to be a tough one.

I've seen Goodfellas countless times, but I think this occasion calls for yet another viewing. It's the perfect example of a perfect film. 

Crazy facts: Neither Sorvino nor Liotta was ever Oscar nominated, although Liotta won a guest actor Emmy for an appearance on ER, and Sorvino got to see his daughter Mira win an Oscar for Mighty Aphrodite. Goodfellas received six Oscar noms but only won one (Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci). It lost Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay, and Film Editing to Dances with Wolves. Martin Scorsese lost Best Director to Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves), and Lorraine Bracco lost Supporting Actress to Whoopi Goldberg for Ghost (???).
To better days, fellas.

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