Adam McKay Trips Up Christian Bale

Some funny Goodfellas awards history, courtesy of The Big Short writer-director.

Goodfellas never won anything?

While Christian Bale’s on-stage relaying last night at the Critics’ Choice Awards of a table comment made by his The Big Short director Adam McKay was not quite as emphatic as Quentin Taratino’s Golden Globe rewriting of Ennio Morricone awards history, it continues a weird little trend this awards season. For starters, Joe Pesci won a Best Supporting Oscar for Goodfellas, beating out Al Pacino and Andy Garcia among others.

Other awards claimed by Goodfellas in 1990-91 include five BAFTAs, a gaggle of critics association prizes and the Audience Award along with several other major citations from the 1990 Venice International Film Festival. Perhaps McKay’s comment at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica was a trick answer. While it’s true that Goodfellas never won a Critics’ Choice, that’s because the first ceremony was held in 1996, honoring films released five years after the Martin Scorsese classic.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Funny Thing About Goodfellas Reunion Coverage