Al Pacino Is Giving His Best Performances on the Small Screen, and He Has Been for Years

A cinematic tragedy in three sentences:Al Pacino hasn’t been nominated for an Oscar since 1993.

Al Pacino hasn’t appeared in a “fresh” feature film that’s grossed more than $5 million in over 10 years.

(“Ocean’s Thirteen”) Al Pacino hasn’t starred in a “fresh” feature film that’s grossed more than $5 million in over 15 years.

(“Insomnia”)But don’t worry.

This tragedy has a happy twist: In that same time, the iconic star of stage and screen has been delivering impeccable performances filled with nuance and depth to the masses; performances, it could be argued, that are far more focused, affecting, and intricate than the bombastic turn in “Scent of Woman” that won him an Oscar.Pacino has been absolutely killing it on television.Yes, television.

The medium once thought far inferior to its big screen brother has been embraced by one of its favored sons for decades.

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