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Now that I've seen "The Wolf of Wall Street," it's clear that it is one of the few contenders that can actually win the Oscar for Best Picture. It's epic in scope, length (three hours!) and in the size of its ideas about modern times – just like voters like their winners – and the audience loved it. Of course, the crowd I saw it with this afternoon at the Landmark Theater in Los Angeles was comprised of film journalists – mostly snobbish, cynical dudes, not sappy geezers like you find in the academy – but that's the crowd that generates initial Oscar buzz. In fact, it's our crowd. About half of Gold Derby's Experts saw it with me. I quizzed 5 or 6 of them afterward and they all agree: "Wolf" is a threat. However, none of them said outright – yes, this will be the winner. Nearly all of them begged for more time to »


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