Thanks, Santa! Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street will be ready in time for this season’s Oscar race after all.

“Wolf of Wall Street,” adapted from Jordan Belfort’s memoir about his meteoric rise and fall as a trader in the 1980s and ’90s, was originally set to open Nov. 15, but Scorsese and longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker have not yet finished the movie, and making that date has long been considered impossible. A recent cut of the film came in at about three hours; Scorsese is in the process of trimming the film. (LATimes)

Some observers are now wondering what will happen to the Tom Clancy reboot, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. I’m not one of them.

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  • Patrick Mulholland

    I was so confused! I thought the studio would either confirm or deny the rumours much sooner, so I’d no idea whether to believe them or not. Had a suspicion it’d be released this year, though.

  • phantom

    Why not just give ‘Wolf’ an Oscar qualifying limited run in late December, expand it nationwide in January and keep ‘Jack Ryan’ where it is ? If ‘Wolf’ is considered such a strong Oscar player by the studio that they were willing to go through all this trouble to release it in time, they can probably count on great WOM from a limited run, then a good two months of Oscar-buzz helping with the BO legs. It’s not like ‘Wolf’ is the kind of movie people would come out in droves to see during the Holiday Season, BUT it could play to record PTA in limited run, giving it great press before the nationwide expansion. Long story short, if for no other reason, simply because the Scorsese/DiCaprio due had already proven they can sell a film in the first few months of the year even without Oscar-buzz (Shutter Island ), ‘Wolf’ could definitely make a lot of money in the January/February period, meanwhile Jack Ryan isn’t guaranteed to do the same. It is supposed to be a franchise reboot that will probably need the lucrative Holiday business to succeed since it can’t really rely on a huge movie star and a legendary director who can pack theaters in any month of the year.

    For what it’s worth, I’m glad it will be released this year, the race started to become boring, at least we still have a few films with the potential to spice things up a bit, and Scorsese never disappoints, not really !

  • jordan88


    Bruce Dern – Nebraska {“Woody Grant”}
    Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave {“Solomon Northup”}
    Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips {“Captain Richard Phillips”}
    *Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club {“Ron Woodroof”}
    Robert Redford – All is Lost {“Our Man”}

    Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips {“Muse”}
    Daniel Bruhl – Rush {“Niki Lauda”}
    Bradley Cooper – American Hustle {“Richie DiMaso”}
    *Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave {“Edwin Epps”}
    Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club {“Rayon”}

    *Amy Adams – American Hustle {“Sydney Prosser”}
    Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine {“Jasmine”}
    Sandra Bullock – Gravity {“Ryan Stone”}
    Meryl Streep – August: Osage County {“Violet Weston”}
    Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks {“P.L. Travers”}

    Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle {“Rosalyn Rosenfeld”}
    *Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave {“Patsey”}
    Julia Roberts – August: Osage County {“Barbara Weston”}
    June Squibb – Nebraska {“Kate Grant”}
    Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler {“Gloria Gaines”}

    *The Croods – Kirk De Micco and Chris Sanders
    Despicable Me 2 – Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud
    Frozen – Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
    Monsters University – Dan Scanlon
    The Wind Rises – Hayao Miyazaki

    12 Years a Slave – Sean Bobbit
    Captain Phillips – Barry Ackroyd
    *Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
    Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
    The Wolf of Wall Street – Rodrigo Prieto

    12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris
    The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
    Inside Llewyn Davis – Mary Zophres
    Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Ruth E. Carter
    *The Wolf of Wall Street – Sandy Powell

    12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen
    American Hustle – David O. Russell
    Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
    *Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón
    The Wolf of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

    DOCUMENTARY (Feature)
    The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer
    *Blackfish – Gabriela Cowperthwaite
    Stories We Tell – Sarah Polley
    The Unknown Known – Errol Morris
    We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks – Alex Gibney

    DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject)
    CaveDigger – Jeffrey Karoff
    Jujitsu-ing Reality – Chetin Chabuk
    Karama Has No Walls – Sara Ishaq
    *The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life – Malcolm Clarke
    Recollections – Nathanael Carton

    12 Years a Slave – Joe Walker
    American Hustle – Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
    Captain Phillips – Christopher Rouse
    Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Singer
    *The Wolf of Wall Street – Thelma Schoonmaker

    The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium
    Gloria – Chile
    The Hunt – Denmark
    *The Past – Iran
    Wadjda – Saudi Arabia

    *The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
    Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Candace Neal and Beverly Jo Pryor
    Star Trek Into Darkness – David LeRoy Anderson and Mary L. Mastro

    MUSIC (Original Score)
    12 Years a Slave – Hans Zimmer
    *Gravity – Steven Price
    The Monuments Men – Alexandre Desplat
    Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman
    The Wolf of Wall Street – Howard Shore

    MUSIC (Original Song)
    “Amen” from All is Lost – Music and Lyric by Alex Ebert
    “Farewell” from Inside Llewyn Davis – Music and Lyric by Bob Dylan
    “Green, Green Rocky Road” from Inside Llewyn Davis – Music and Lyric by Len Chandler and Robert Kaufman
    *“Please Mr. Kennedy” from Inside Llewyn Davis – Music and Lyric by Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T-Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
    “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby – Music by Rick Howels; Lyric by Lana Del Rey

    *12 Years a Slave – Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt and Bill Pohlad, Producers
    American Hustle – Megan Ellison, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, Producers
    Captain Phillips – Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Scott Rudin, Producers
    Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
    Inside Llewyn Davis – Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Scott Rudin, Producers
    Lee Daniels’ The Butler – Lee Daniels, Cassian Elwes, Buddy Patrick and Laura Ziskin, Producers
    The Monuments Men – George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Producers
    Nebraska – Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
    Saving Mr. Banks – Ian Collie, Alison Owen and Philip Steuer, Producers
    The Wolf of Wall Street – Riza Aziz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland, Martin Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers

    *12 Years a Slave – Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker
    The Great Gatsby – Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent
    The Monuments Men – Production Design: James D. Bissell; Set Decoration: Bernhard Henrich
    Saving Mr. Banks – Production Design: Michael Corenblith; Set Decoration: Susan Benjamin

    *Captain Phillips – Oliver Tarney
    Gravity – Glenn Freemantle
    Rush – Frank Kruse
    Star Trek Into Darkness – Matthew Wood
    The Wolf of Wall Street – Philip Stockton

    All is Lost – Gillian Arthur and Micah Bloomberg
    Captain Phillips – Pud Cusack and Tim Fraser
    *Gravity – Chris Munro and Skip Lievsay
    Inside Llewyn Davis – Peter F. Kurland and Greg Orloff
    Rush – Paul Paragon and Stefan Korte

    Elysium – Peter Muyzers, Grady Cofer, Jonathan Harb, Erik Nordby and Stephen Pepper
    *Gravity – Tony Clark, Matt Kasmir, Richard McBride and Ben Morris
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Eric Saindon and Joe Letteri
    Man of Steel – John ‘D.J.’ Des Jardin, Dan Lemmon, Keith Miller, Guillaume Rocheron, Chad Wiebe and Ged Wright
    Pacific Rim – John Knoll, James E. Price, Nigel Sumner and Zachary Tucker

    WRITING (Adapted Screenplay)
    *12 Years a Slave – Screenplay by John Ridley
    Before Midnight – Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke
    Captain Phillips – Screenplay by Billy Ray
    The Monuments Men – Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov
    The Wolf of Wall Street – Screenplay by Terence Winter

    WRITING (Original Screenplay)
    *American Hustle – Written by Eric Singer & David O. Russell
    Gravity – Written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
    Inside Llewyn Davis – Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
    Nebraska – Written by Bob Nelson
    Saving Mr. Banks – Written by Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith

    * indicates the winner.
    – 12 Years a Slave scored 11 nominations, won 5 Oscars including Best Picture.
    – Gravity scored 10 nominations, won 5 Oscars including Best Director.
    – Captain Phillips scored 9 nominations, won 1 Oscar.
    – The Wolf of Wall Street scored 8 nominations, won 2 Oscars.
    – American Hustle scored 7 nominations, won 2 Oscars including Best Lead Actress.

  • Bob Burns

    Testosterone dripping off the screen as the Academy steak eaters growl with satisfaction. It’ll probably be great (too) so why not?

    Do like the idea of the return of the late season award winner for a change.

  • Josh

    We officially have two gamechangers left this year in my opinion. American Hustle was always there but with the question around WoWS, wasn’t sure if there were any others. Now Hustle and Street are both in the mix and could be quite formidable given the directors, cast, etc. Gonna get interesting real quick.

  • Kane

    I am a huge Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix and Arcade Fire fan so I may come across as biased, but if reviews are truly exceptional for Her by the time it’s released then I think that will be a big game changer too. Maybe not best picture/director game changer but some of the other big categories.

  • Josh

    Best Actor just got that much more interesting…


    I think only two are locks: Ejiofor and Redford.

  • Oh good. I felt like this awards season would have been ruined if it got pushed to next year. 😀

  • Koleś

    Shit yeah!!! That’ll spice things up this year. Big boost for Matthew McConaughey’s chances in either category. It’s allways good to have a comedic/not-so-serious “back up” when gunning for the prize with a serious dramatic role. Ask Sandra Bullock.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Why haven’t these people from the Marrakesh FF called Marty and told him he’s relieved from his duty? I mean as a fucking courtesy. That way he and Thelma wouldn’t have to rush their process so much. I have no idea how movie distribution works, but in this digital age I bet the process is much more streamlined than ever. They would probably have 10-15 more days if the director didn’t have to go to this Festival. I realize 15 days might not be that significant, but if it’s the difference between rushing and not rushing someone should call that festival management and ask them whether they read the news. I hope this isn’t another GANGS OF NEW YORK with Marty fans left wondering what could have been –it’d be heartbreaking.

    p.s. I’m a fan of GANGS for what it is –not major Scorsese.

  • unlikely hood

    Bryce – Marrakech shouldn’t need to. Let Thelma Schoonmaker make the big decisions, with Marty basically rubber-stamping from afar. Hasn’t she earned that right at this point? I bet it would be better for it.

    If Leo has gone beyond himself (like he didn’t do in Gatsby), I see him replacing Hanks on Jordan88’s list up there. Not like Hanks didn’t bring an A-game, but there are already quibbles about the accent, about receding into the background (until the end), etc. And since Hanks is a lock for that Supporting nomination…just thinking Leo could sneak in here. And if he does, look out for the win. Because as I said, he splits the other four – unlike two, he’s not a first-time nominee, unlike the other two he’s not a septugenarian. Look out.

  • Josh

    So is Bale just not going to be a threat to make the top 5? I thought for sure with one of AH or Out of the Furnace he had a good shot. Tough crowd to break into though.

    But if the movie is a huge success both critically and with moviegoers…he’ll bump someone I think.

  • “Why haven’t these people from the Marrakesh FF called Marty and told him he’s relieved from his duty? I mean as a fucking courtesy. That way he and Thelma wouldn’t have to rush their process so much.”

    What I hope… What I actually believe to be true: The December 25th release date does not mean that Marty and Thelma expect to be pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Eve frantically trying to get done in time for matinee screenings the next day.

    Nope, I sincerely believe that they are already far enough along right now that they can both see they can be ready by the end of November. Because, let’s remember, in order to be a truly viable player on the precursor awards circuit, they will need to be sure the movie is finished in time for critics groups to have private screenings well in advance of the first critics awards to be handed out the first week of December and the days to follow.

    So I think they can now see the movie is coming together in time for Marty to give his final seal of approval before leaving for Marrakech on November 29.

    The NYFCC votes on Dec 3. See what I’m saying? Marty and Thelma’s work needs to be done by Dec. 1 (ish) at the latest.

    Scorsese must be feeling confident that he will arrive in Marrakech with Wolf of Wall Street already tight and complete in its final form.

  • g

    Thank god! I was so upset thinking this was going to pushed to next year! Woohoo!

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Let Thelma Schoonmaker make the big decisions, with Marty basically rubber-stamping from afar. Hasn’t she earned that right at this point? I bet it would be better for it.

    I’m not sure it would be better for it but I would think she has. And by the way Scorsese talks about how they work together It doesn’t sound farfetched.

    Scorsese must be feeling confident that he will arrive in Marrakech with Wolf of Wall Street already tight and complete in its final form.

    Thanks for setting me straight. I buy it.


    I just finished watching a couple of Danish offerings: A HIJACKING (★★★★) which is a much more modest production than CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, but superior in every way. And THE HUNT (★★★★½) I have to say that if the year ended now Mads Mikkelsen would have to be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar. It and MUD should be part of a 2013 master-class on how to properly use 2.35 aspect ratio in small-scale dramas. Why do so many filmmakers abuse the practice so much? Do they feel threatened by TV so they just go with it to get a “cinematic” look?

  • Koleś

    “The December 25th release date does not mean that Marty and Thelma expect to be pulling an all-nighter on Christmas Eve frantically trying to get done in time for matinee screenings the next day.”

    There is not a studio in the world that could make Thelma and Scorsese rush anything. If they say it’s gonna be ready this Christmas, it’s gonna be fucking ready. Even if the movie bombs oscar wise it’s still going to be a helluva show. That’s exacly what this race needs, a late contender not eager to get any awards, but good enough to make “Gravity” and “12 years a slave” trmble a bit. The editing category is still wide open. Go Thelma!!!

  • Big G

    Won’t Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle cannibalize each other if they both open wide Christmas Day? It’d be like a Superman movie and an Iron Man movie opening the same day.

  • Jeremy C.

    Best Christmas gift ever! 🙂

  • msd

    Seems like Monuments Men is moving into early 2014.

  • SallyinChicago

    Once again, a pileup of good movies. I wish this and American Hustle were delayed until next year. You know, we peons have just so much $$ to spend on movies & entertainment.

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