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Jeff Bridges Had to Explain How the Oscars Work to a High Al Pacino
The Irishman is up for 10 Academy Awards, well-deserved recognition for a really great movie. But the film and its awards season press tour offer another side benefit for fans: We get to hear some pretty funny old Hollywood stories from legends like Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, and Al Pacino.
In an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week, nine-time Oscar nominee Pacino reminisced about his earlier nominations, and shared a story about an encounter with Jeff Bridges at one of the first Academy Awards ceremonies he ever attended. He’d been nominated for his starring 1974 role in The Godfather Part II.
At the time, he wasn’t entirely compos mentis. “I had a few things,” he told Kimmel. “I was not completely myself.”
“I was sitting there enjoying the show. I turned to Jeff Bridges—he was also nominated—and I said, ‘Hi,’” said Pacino.
“I said to him, ‘I don’t think they’re going to get to the best actor category. It’s an hour and they didn’t get to that category,’” he continued. Bridges, said Pacino, “gave me a look to this day—I’ll never forget it—like, ‘Where do you come from, who are you?’ and said, ‘It’s three hours.’”
“If you’re so high that Jeff Bridges has to tell you what’s going on…” joked Kimmel in response.
But the story is something to remember when we’re all feeling antsy around the show’s two-hour mark while watching the Oscars next month: The awards are so long that even the people nominated for them get bored.
Gabrielle Bruney is a writer and editor for Esquire, where she focuses on politics and culture.