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  1. KT
    January 17, 2014

    Sasha, this is great! You mentioned in your podcast you have had the chance to meet several filmmakers in person. I imagine Spielberg really doesn’t make himself accessible. I remember your post on Ang Lee last year. You also said you got to meet Kathryn Bigelow…how did that encounter happen? Was that around time of Hurt Locker?

  2. Felipe
    January 17, 2014

    Only seen the first part of it, but laready cleared my schedule for the rest.

    Fascinating stuff, Sasha. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Vily
    January 17, 2014

    Thank you, Sasha! This is amazing. The more and more I think about this I realize that Leo CAN and SHOULD win for this!

    12 Years or American Hustle will take Best Picture with Gravity also a potential Winner

    Cuaron will most likely take Best Director

    Leto will take Best Supporting Actor

    12 Years a Slave will win Best Adapted Screenplay

    Dallas Buyers Club will also win for Best Hair and Make-Up

    Based on that I just can’t fathom that they’ll a 3rd Oscar to Dallas Buyer’s Club to McConaughey and give no Oscar to The Wolf of Wall Street.

    Leonardo DiCaprio has been a champion of this movie, a Producer and the reason why this passion project of his got made. The brilliance of Marty is the reason why it’s so brilliant as well but I think that Leo could win the only Oscar for the movie and it would be a Well-Deserved Oscar as well! :-)

  4. WW
    January 17, 2014

    Sasha, this was fantastic. I could’ve listened to Scorsese speak for another hour about ”The Wolf of Wall Street.” Thanks for taping it.

    By the way, I’m thrilled that Marty, Leo and Jonah all got Oscar nominations, but Margot Robbie really deserved one, too. She’s a stunning Australian actress making her U.S. film debut and she more than held her own; witness her bedroom scene where she threatens to splash Jordan with a glass of water. And here’s the amazing part: She’s only 23. (Leo’s 39.) Some have accused ”Wolf” of being misogynistic, but her Naomi is strong and no pushover. Margot oughta have gotten a Supporting Actress Oscar nod the way Cathy Moriarty got one for ”Raging Bull.” Except for the Georgia Film Critics, nobody nominated Robbie, and she really got robbed.

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      Sasha Stone
      January 18, 2014

      You’re welcome guys. I wish I had taped the whole thing but I was afraid I was going to lose my battery. I think I got most of it. And Bryce, he explains the pacing so well – they wanted it to be really really fast then slow way down for the conversations.

  5. Vily
    January 17, 2014

    Margot Robbie is definitely a great talented actress. I definitely think that she’ll get much more notice in the coming years! :-)

  6. WW
    January 18, 2014

    It’s been said that Bruce Dern and Matthew McConaughey each have a good narrative behind their Oscar campaigns. Dern’s a 77-year-old Hollywood veteran, and an Oscar for ”Nebraska” would recognize his lifetime of work. McConaughey’s a one-time rom-com leading man who turned his career around and lost 40 pounds to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in ”The Dallas Buyers Club.”

    So what should Leo DiCaprio’s narrative be? He gives the rangiest and riskiest performance, arguably a career-best, showing off his dramatic AND comedic chops in ”The Wolf of Wall Street.” But is that enough? Could it be that he played TWO rich young hedonists who loved to party, yet these starring roles were as different as night and day in ”Wolf” and ”Great Gatsby”? What a year it’s been for him.

    Rachel Syme wrote a terrific piece for the New Yorker, called ”The Great Fratsby,” comparing and contrasting the two pictures.


    I hope Academy voters don’t write off Leo because he’s only 39. The Oscars don’t seem too generous with recognizing matinee idols at the height of their youth (Paul Newman, Robert Redford, anyone?). As opposed to their fawning attention to pretty young actresses. Leo’s 2 decades of work, from ”Gilbert Grape” to ”Titanic” to ”Aviator” to ”Wolf,” speaks for itself; his time should be NOW.

  7. steve50
    January 18, 2014

    McConaughey’s a one-time rom-com leading man who turned his career around and lost 40 pounds to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in ”The Dallas Buyers Club.”

    I’m glad you said this WW because I was beginning to think I was the only one who felt this way. MM performance was good and a complete turnaround from what we’re used to. He’s done good work lately, for a change, but nothing close to what his competitors for BA have done.

    This isn’t “hate”, it’s objective observation. Oscar is terribly guilty of rewarding this kind of thing – using the award to reward career turnarounds instead of true skill.

    Nobody else could have played Jordan Belfort; nobody else could have played Solomon Northrup, for that matter. Many actors could have dropped weight and played Ron Woodruff just as effectively and probably more so.

  8. m1
    January 18, 2014

    Many actors could have dropped weight and played Ron Woodruff just as effectively and probably more so.

    And yet, the acting Oscars are not about what “many other actors” can do. They are about what that one actor does in that one specific role.

  9. Scaraffe
    January 18, 2014

    Hey. I think you got the Assistant Director’s name wrong. I can’t find a Adam Sumner in the movie’s imdb page, but there is a Adam Bernard with an Assistant Director credit – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2236863/?ref_=ttfc_fc_cr56

  10. Blom
    January 18, 2014
  11. Matt Fischer
    January 18, 2014

    Thanks for that Sasha. Awesome insight into the making of the best movie of the year and one of the best of all time!

  12. Bryce Forestieri
    January 18, 2014

    Thanks, Sasha! These were great. I think if Marty could have gotten around to explain more the reasons behind the film’s misunderstood pace, Thelma would have been lock.

    Everyone seen TRUE DETECTIVE yet? McConaughey’s so great in that. And he deserved a nomination last year for MAGIC MIKE over several in that Supporting Actor line-up. This year, it was his stunning performance in MUD the one I’d have rewarded.

  13. Aragorn
    January 18, 2014

    I LOVE the fact that this quite edgy, fun movie was made by a 70+ year old director who could have chosen a much safer, conventional and even conservative route. But no, he just did what he did! Kudos to a great filmmaker…
    Those who say that this movie glorifies, fictionalizes that life style and people apparently do not know much about NYC, the Hamptons, Wall Street and Wall Street people…I do…unfortunately there were (still are) people like the ones in the movie…not many, but they existed.and still do..that lifestyle was one of the worst kept secrets in NYC circles for a long time…and i dont know many others but what i felt at the end for our hero(!) was just sadness…sadness caused by the emptiness that he created for his life….
    It is a great movie by a great director and great performance by an actor who has always been taken for granted and underappreciated…

  14. Aragorn
    January 18, 2014

    And in a world where Steve McQueen is called a “master”movie maker/director (after what, 3 movies????) we need to find something new to describe someone like Scorsese or Spielberg and so on…

  15. WW
    January 18, 2014

    Trivia: The Golden Globes honored THREE winners who were actors in ”The Wolf of Wall Street”: Leo DiCaprio, Matt McConaughey and Spike Jonze. And now they’re all Oscar nominees this season. ;)

  16. KT
    January 18, 2014

    I loved them joking about not being able to get rid of Spielberg. Was it just me, or did it seem like a big inside joke all three of them were in on?? Maybe people in the industry realize that Spielberg likes to attach himself to better directors than he is, Kubrick, Lean, Scorsese, Kurosawa, Hitchcock (that’s a hilarious story; Hitch kicked him off the set).

  17. Kasia
    January 18, 2014

    “It is so endless, that whole sequence! I mean, to the benefit of everybody in this room, it is so fucking long and great!” – one of the reasons why I love PTA :)

  18. Vily
    January 18, 2014

    I think that even if McConaughey wins the SAG it won’t be a done deal. The SAG win for both McConaughey and Blanchett will have a big asterisk because neither Amy Adams nor DiCaprio were nominated there, especially DiCaprio who was a late comer into the party.

    Oscar voting won’t start until a month after so I actually like the the SAG is so close to the GG and Critics Choice.

    McConaughey is not nominated at the BAFTA where Ejiofor might win but Leo may steal it too.

    Leo will have more chances to shine like at the Santa Barbara Film Festival where he’ll be rewarded for the Vanguard award alongside Marry on Feb. 2nd when it will be closer to the voting and it will be fresh in voters minds.

    McConaughey may have his narrative but to me no one can beat Leo’s narrative.

    20 years since first nomination. One of the greatest actors of his generation. Gives the performance of his career AND is also a producer of the film (he’ll probably get the Oscar nod for that as well); has been is amazing Oscar winning best pictures such as Titanic and The Departed as well as other great movies such as The Aviator, Inception, Django Unchained. Blood Diamond and Catch me If you can.

    I think that a lot of people may feel that this is his time. Plus – what utter disgrace it would be to give Dallas Buyers Club 3 Oscar and TWOWS none. No way! Leo is an underdog but the GG win as well as the BFCA win give him done momentum and the Academy can’t just write him off. People like Day Lewis, Kate Winslet, Russel Crowe, etc as well as Marty and De Niro will vote for him. Julia Roberts, etc. Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz will vote for Leo also.

    If these and others gather around I think Leo could win. Hopefully the narrative can take more shape in the coming weeks. After the SAG excitement dies down of course. Plus, McConaughey’s speeches are not the best so far. Leo is classy and graceful and that counts.. Just look at his thank you the Academy memo!

  19. Eric S.
    January 18, 2014

    I love so much of this film, but I’ve been wondering why it’s so pedestrian visually. Based on this video, it’s clear (with exceptions like the hotel room sequence) that Scorsese didn’t care to design very many of the the shots, for whatever reason (I’m assuming the “short preproduction period”). Thanks for posting Sasha. It’s helped fill in some of the blanks.

  20. austin111
    January 18, 2014

    Yup, I also love Wolf, Scorsese, and DiCaprio. I’d love to see anybody win something for this film. I really don’t see the controversy, either. You have to be willing to look past the titillating stuff (if it is indeed that to some people–yuk!) and into the mirror it’s holding up. A fair number of people just don’t seem capable of getting outside their little protected boxes. I love how some people walk out and demand their money back on anything that shakes them in a way thats threatening their neat little world. Are they really that sheltered? It’s depressing. Oh, and I definitely think MMc is totally deserving. His work this year has been beyond the pale in several things as was his work in Magic Mike and especially Killer Joe which has one of the most daring performances I’ve ever seen from him or any other actor. Redford would have been completely deserving in a different world. I respect Dern but wouldn’t hand him the award this year. Too much terrific work that should be rewarded instead, including 12 Years a Slave’s E.C., which should probably win — that would be sweet. Bale has an award for a great piece of work already. I suspect he’ll be nominated again.

  21. Anuj
    January 19, 2014

    This is great!

    I loved this, speaking of the controversy: http://bdcwire.com/wolf-of-wall-street-for-best-picture-boston-bro-says-yes/

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