Local woman remembers filming of ‘Ironweed’ in Capital Region

A pair of prop Oscars are seen during rehearsals for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 22. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Capital Region woman remembers the filming of the movie Ironweed ahead of the 87th annual Academy Awards.

Ironweed starred Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep. Both were nominated for 1988 Oscars for their roles in the film. Nicholson lost the Actor in a Leading Role award to Michael Douglas in Wall Street. Streep lost in the Actress in a Leading Role category to Cher’s work in Moonstruck.

Ironweed the book and screenplay were both written by Albany native William Kennedy. The story was set in 1938 Albany. Filming took place across the Capital Region and included many locals.

Cori Irwin was an eleven-year-old seventh grader at the time of filming. She was created as ‘young girl’ in the film. She remembered Nicholson being chatty and speaking with him during dailies when players would watch the footage from the previous day. But Irwin said she was most intrigued by meeting Tom Waite.

After the film wrapped, set items were sold, and Irwin said she still has the rug where she and Streep stood during filming.

Irwin said at the time of filming she was too young to follow the Oscar nominations, but in retrospect, she said it was a very special time to think about what she was involved with right in her hometown.

The 87th annual Academy Awards air at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on NEWS10 ABC.

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