When Titanic was release on home video in 1998, it came in a clunky two VHS tape set, and I still remember where tape one ended: with Captain Smith saying, “I believe you may get your headlines, Mr. Ismay.” Titanic was a very long movie 195 minutes, which is why it couldn't fit on a single tape, but the break wasn't annoying; it was an excuse to use the restroom, or grab something to eat, or stare longingly at a Leonardo DiCaprio poster. Or all of the above. In 2019, VHS tapes are a dusty relic, but long movies aren't.
The year's highest-grossing film and the highest-grossing film of all-time, Avengers: Endgame, is only 14 minutes shorter than Titanic, and director Martin Scorsese's latest epic, The Irishman, comes in at a whopping 209 minutes. That's three and a half hours. If you don't have to pee at least once in that time, well, I am jealous. But when's the best time to take a break? Obviously, because the movie is available on Netflix, you can pause whenever. But doing so at the wrong time could disrupt the flow of the film, or take away from the dramatic tension. The Irishman is the kind of movie that deserves your full attention, so instead of arbitrarily stopping the thing every time Al Pacino says “c*cksucker” every three seconds, here's when I recommend taking a break.
When you hear Pacino, as Jimmy Hoffa, refer to someone as a “smart rat,” and De Niro makes this Extremely De Niro Face at two hours and seven minutes, that's when to get up and stretch. I won't reveal who the “someone” is, even though it barely counts as a spoiler, but I will say: this is a good time to stop because a you're two hours through the movie with roughly 90 minutes to go, and b the next scene is when The Irishman elevates from very good to great. The ending, in particular, is maybe my favorite ending of any of Scorsese's movies. Don't run to the bathroom as soon as the credits roll, because you haven't peed in the time it takes some people to run a marathon; sit in the moment, because when's the next time Scorsese, Pacino, De Niro, and Joe Pesci are going to make another movie together? Don't answer that. It's sad to think about.
Meanwhile six-time nominee 'Little Women' only won one award, for costume design, in an awards ceremony that featured numerous onstage comments praising the work of female directors.
The 2020 Oscars marked another disappointing awards ceremony for the team behind Netflix's Martin Scorsese-directed mob drama, The Irishman. After being shut out at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards, the epic, decade-spanning and decade-in-the-making story starring Robert De Niro and Oscar nominees Al Pacino and Joe Pesci failed to win any of the 10 Oscars for which it was nominated.
Still, Scorsese got a few shout-outs from the stage, with Chris Rock and Steve Martin mentioning the film and the director in their monologue and best director winner Bong Joon Ho taking a minute to note how, as an aspiring director, he was particularly inspired by Scorsese, comments that prompted the Academy Awards audience to give Scorsese a standing ovation.
Meanwhile, other top nominees had a relatively disappointing night, with six-time nominees Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story and Little Women only taking home one award each. Little Women's prize was arguably the lowest profile award of those one by Jojo Rabbit and Marriage Story, only taking home the prize for best costume design. It's poor showing was somewhat ironic given that a theme throughout the show was praising the work of female directors, like Little Women helmer Greta Gerwig, despite the fact that none were nominated for best director again this year. Jojo Rabbit won best adapted screenplay while Marriage Story's Laura Dern won the best supporting actress award she was expected to take home
While Once Upon A Time in Hollywood won two awards, for production design and best supporting actor Brad Pitt, writer-director-producer Quentin Tarantino didn't win any of the awards for which he was nominated including high-profile prizes best original screenplay, best director and best picture.
Similarly, 11-time nominee Joker only won two awards, for best score and best actor Joaquin Phoenix, high-profile victories but a significant drop, numbers-wise, from its leading spot among nominated films.
Also while Parasite was predicted to do well at the 2020 Oscars, with the best picture race shaping up as a battle between the Bong Joon Ho film and Sam Mendes' 1917, many pundits expected 1917 to win best picture or for Mendes to win best director, if not both, particularly after 1917 won the top prizes at the BAFTA Awards last week, in the middle of Oscar voting, after winning the top prizes at the DGA Awards and PGA Awards. And while 1917 won three awards, all were in technical categories.
Other multiple Oscar nominees that were shut out included Harriet and The Two Popes.