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Al Pacino Reacts to His First Oscar Nomination in 27 Years for His Role in 'The Irishman'

Odette Odendaal
Jan 17, 2020
10:30 A.M.
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Al Pacino earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in "The Irishman," and shared the "rush" it gave him during the Television Critics Association press tour.

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On Tuesday, PEOPLE caught up with Al Pacino while promoting his new show "Hunters," and the actor excitedly shared that it felt "cool" earning his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor since "Scent of a Woman" in 1993.

Al Pacino speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Live with Al Pacino at DGA Theater on December 05, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Al Pacino speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter Awards Chatter Live with Al Pacino at DGA Theater on December 05, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images.

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Just the thought of being nominated again, especially after such a long time, has Al in particularly good spirits, as he said:

“I’ve experienced it. There was a lot of talk about [a possible nomination], and I thought, ‘Well, I don’t know.’ And then when they told me I was nominated for it, it did give me a rush, and it did make me feel very good.”

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The Irishman

" features an all-star cast, including Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, and it follows the life of a truck driver turned hitman for the Bufalino crime family.

Based on "I Heard You Paint Houses," a novel by Charles Brandt, the movie directed by Martin Scorsese is bound to keep you glued to your seat for the duration of its three and a half hour runtime.

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The film did exceptionally well and received a total of ten Oscar nominations, including Best Supporting Actor for Joe Pesci and Best Directing.

According to numbers released by Netflix, 26,404,081 of their global accounts streamed "The Irishman" within its first seven days of release on the service.

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Netflix also reportedly shared some other eye-popping numbers when they reported over 158 million subscribers worldwide between October 2018 and September 2019.

Additionally, the movie that topped their most-watched list is Sandra Bullock's latest release, "Bird Box," which received 80 million views since December. The second spot goes to Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston's new comedy "Murder Mystery," with 73 million views since its release.

Al Pacino attends the Premiere Of Netflix's "The Irishman" at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 24, 2019, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

Al Pacino attends the Premiere Of Netflix's "The Irishman" at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 24, 2019, in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images.

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With Al Pacino's role in "Hunters," he will become a regular on television when the series airs next year. The trailer of the powerful new show was released only weeks after "The Irishman" hit the circuit, and set in 1977, it follows a group of Nazi hunters in the Big Apple.

At 79-years of age, the legendary actor shows no signs of slowing down, even though he had previously said that he doesn't know a thing about acting.

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