Burt Young received his only Oscar nomination for playing Pauly in Rocky.
He goes around the film just yelling at people and make jerky remarks, and Young does this with the right amount of jerkiness but then again it is pretty easy to act like just some jerk. He does have one moment where he does something else, and that is where Adrien yells at him back finally. Young does do a fine job of showing the actual pathetic nature of the bully but still it really is not anything special. His character really lacks a lot of development, and Young actually does not really do anything wrong in the role. It is just a role that requires very little of him. It is just an actor doing his usual type, there is nothing special about it, it is not bad, but not anything that really required any awarding.