Martin Scorsese may be one of the most respected and admired directors of all time, and his latest film may be enjoying universally positive reviews - but that doesn’t stop some members of the Academy getting in a grump.
Scorsese’s upcoming black comedy drama, The Wolf of Wall Street, was given a preview screening for Oscar voters at the Samuel Goldwyn theatre in Los Angeles when - according to some witness reports - Scorsese was heckled by unimpressed viewers.
Among those in attendance was veteran actress Hope Holiday, who posted on her Facebook page: "Tonight was torture at the Academy — "The Wolf Of Wall Street" – three hours of torture – same disgusting crap over and over again."
She also reported that following the film, a few attendees confronted Scorsese and his leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, and started screaming “shame on you”.
The Wolf of Wall Street depicts the amoral and unfettered activities of Jordan Belfort, a real-life stockbroker who committed vast acts of fraud and money laundering, and squandered his earnings on glitzy parties and vice-laden excess.
The 75-year-old Holiday, star of films such as Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, also commented “Talented men putting such junk on the screen and thinking it was funny --a fight almost ensued”.
Scorses may have an uphill battle in his bid to win an Oscar from the famously conservative Academy. A 2012 study suggested that of the nearly 6000 voters, 94% are white, 77% are male, and the median age is 62.
[Source: The Wrap]