The Wolf of Wall Street
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Written by: Terrence Winter (screenplay), Jordan Belfort (book)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Kyle Chandler
One of the biggest bright spots in this year’s Oscar nominations is the amount of prestige bestowed on a three-hour spectacle of almost non-stop vulgarity. I have a pretty good feeling that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is nominated simply because of the pedigree of talent involved. It is almost as polarizing (and misunderstood) as Shutter Island, which probably would have been nominated had it been released during awards season.
Scorsese, whether or not he likes it, is an Oscar mainstay now, and would likely have to tank in an almost unfathomable way to not get attention from the voters. The Wolf of Wall Street looks kind of like an Oscar film on the surface, but it’s also everything that they typically dislike:
It’s a comedy. It’s a black comedy. It’s not self-serious. It’s three hours and not about World War II or ancient history.