Scorsese booed at Academy screening

27 December 2013


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]