Goodfellas is the true story of Henry Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian Brooklyn kid who is adopted by neighbourhood gangsters at an early age and climbs the ranks of a Mafia family. With his rise through the organisation, however, comes the dangers of violence, double-crosses, drug addiction and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The film is considered the highest point of Martin Scorsese's career and is regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, particularly in the gangster genre. For his role in Goodfellas, Joe Pesci won Best Supporting Actor at the 63rd Academy Awards where it was nominated for 6 Oscars. The film won the Golden Lion Award and Audience Choice Awards at the Venice International Film Festival.