Can ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Devour Oscar Competition?

Can ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ Devour Oscar Competition?
Following months of speculation on whether it would make it in time for the 2013 Oscar race, Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” finally started screenings for guilds over the weekend, beginning with a Saturday afternoon show for SAG nominating committee. And the response was as boisterous and wild as the ride on which stockbroker Jordan Belfort—played by Leonardo DiCaprio—takes the audience over the course of three hours. Yes, it’s official: The film runs three hours. But the crowd didn’t seem to mind, laughing enthusiastically up until the end.

I had the privilege of moderating the Q&A following the first screening, attended by DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Rob Reiner, Jon Favreau, Cristin Milioti, Edward Choi and Pj Byrne. The cast received massive applause, culminating in a standing ovation for DiCaprio.

Many of the cast members were seeing the film for the first time. Reiner, who plays Belfort’s accountant father,
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