Exclusive: Now I am hearing that after much talk about a 2014 delay, Martin Scorsese– like Mary Tyler Moore–is gonna make it after all. Sources say that Scorsese and editor Thelma Schoonmaker are trying desperately to deliver a manageable length version of “The Wolf of Wall Street” for Christmas Day release.
The word: Their goal now is November 25th. After that, Scorsese will leave for the Marrakesh Film Festival. That will give the capable folks at Paramount one month to get marketing and promotion together.
If Scorsese makes it, this adds a new wrinkle into the competitive Oscar season. There are plenty of candidates for the 10 Best Picture slots and the five Best Actors. Not only that–Matthew McConnaughey will be eligible from three movies: Wolf, Dallas Buyers Club, and Mud. He’ll certainly get something.
Here are the realistic Best Picture contenders so far in no order: Gravity, The Butler, Blue Jasmine, August: Osage County, 12 Years a Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Fruitvale Station, Captain Phillips, The Monuments Men, Saving Mr. Banks, American Hustle, Mandela, All is Lost, Philomena.
Will Scorsese and Schoonmaker make it in time? We’re crossing our fingers.