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Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the last major Oscar hopeful to be screened for the media, is an appropriate capper, because the tragicomic film is about excess — and everything about this year’s awards season has been excessive: the length of many movies, the number of contenders, the frequency of awards-themed events and the role of the festival circuit.

The Dec. 12 Golden Globe nominations added to the theme of overabundance: More than 30 films were nominated, including many that had been recognized by other year-end awards (“12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Nebraska,” “Her”) and others joined the race, such as “Rush” and, yes, “Wolf of Wall Street.”

The season started in high gear in late August and hasn’t let up, promising to run at a breakneck pace through the March 2 telecast of the Academy Awards. Over that six-month period, the intensity has built for a number of »

- Tim Gray

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