Editor’s note: It’s Day 23 in our 30-day “Countdown to Oscar,” where we’ll feature a different Oscar-winning movie that you can watch online right here at xfinitytv.com
Robert De Niro received a Best Actor Oscar for his sickening and explosive portrayal of Jake LaMotta in “Raging Bull.” Though “Raging Bull” is considered by many critics to be one of Martin Scorsese’s finest films, it did not win him an Oscar for Best Director. It did, however, save the director’s career, launched Joe Pesci, who was virtually unknown at the time, into stardom and won the Oscar for Best Editing.
An interesting note from the Wikipedia page about the 1980 Academy Awards:
“‘Raging Bull’ was nominated for eight Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Sound, and Editing) at the 1980 Academy Awards. The Oscars were held the day after President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr., who did it as an attempt to impress Jodie Foster, who played a child prostitute in another of Scorsese’s famous films, ‘Taxi Driver.’ Out of fear of being attacked, Scorsese went to the ceremony with FBI bodyguards disguised as guests who escorted him out before the announcement of the Academy Award for Best Picture was made – the winner being ‘Ordinary People.'”
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