6 December 2013 6:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Wolf of Wall Street” screened today for media members. Was it worth the wait? You betcha. When awards nominations are announced next week, the question isn’t whether the Martin Scorsese film will be included but rather how many nods it will get.

Paramount has imposed a review embargo until Dec. 17 for the film, so details will be restrained. But this may be the only time you see restraint and “Wolf” used in the same sentence.

Within the first five minutes, the film pops off the screen with energy, style, sex, profanity and drugs. It’s a film about excess and at three hours, it’s a marathon of all those elements. So conservative awards voters may be put off.

But in general, audiences and voters love the familiar mixed with the new: They like to see  a favorite star or filmmaker but be surprised when they go in new directions, »

- Tim Gray

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