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By ALEXANDRA MONTANA
He played the wolf but now it’s time to sink his teeth into the Academy.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jordan Belfort, a stock-market manipulator who goes from rags to riches in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street.
The film is based on Belfort’s memoirs from his book of the same name, published in 2008. DiCaprio is the king of the penny stock market, spending his corrupted money on sex, drugs and booze. He rises to the top far too quickly, leaving the federal government suspicious of his stock-market company, Stratford-Oakmont.
Jared Richards, of Niagara Falls, says although the film was almost three hours long, it was “great” and never left him bored. “I think it was the best character that Leo has ever played. I hope he gets nominated for an Oscar, at the very least.”
In 2013, DiCaprio also played Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann. However, no nominations have been announced for DiCaprio’s performance in this film yet.
Ryan Oickle, of St. Catharines, says, “It was way funnier than I thought it was going to be. Some of the bits were great, and you could see them improvising.”
As for DiCaprio’s performance as Belfort, he has received six nominations from various outlets, and won Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for the role at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.
An article written by TheWrap states that actress Hope Holiday, 75, witnessed director Martin Scorsese arriving with DiCaprio to the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater and being told by an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) member that he should be ashamed of creating such a “disgusting” film.
When Holiday was asked by TheWrap to identify the AMPAS member, she declined and stated it was a rude comment she overheard, which made those waiting for the elevator very uncomfortable when witnessing the encounter.
However, Scorsese admitted in an interview with TheWrap that the film is not for everyone as it is “brutally graphic.”
It’s been seven years since DiCaprio’s last Academy Award nomination, which was for his leading role in 2007’s Blood Diamond. He was also previously nominated for his leading role in 2005’s The Aviator and his supporting role in 1994’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.
Oickle says, “I think Leo will get nominated but won’t win because he never wins, and he’d be up against some good competition.”
DiCaprio and fans must still wait for the Academy Award nominations, which were released yesterday. There is still hope DiCaprio will be nominated for his outrageous performance in The Wolf of Wall Street. The 86th Academy Awards airs on Sunday, March 2 and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres for the second time.