Oscars 2014: Waiting for Marty



There has been some major release date shifting in the last few weeks, and for anyone with even the slightest interest in the Academy Awards season, the moves have been fascinating. Three relative biggies — Grace of Monaco, The Immigrant, Foxcatcher — all moved to 2014. And despite assurances to the contrary, rumors are flying that Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” will not make its November release date, and could shift to December, or beyond.

The Los Angeles Times quoted an anonymous Paramount exec, who indicates that November is almost certainly out of the picture: “‘We’re preparing for several different scenarios,’ says a source at Paramount Pictures, the studio releasing ‘Wolf,’ adding that the original Nov. 15 date is definitely not among them.”

Perhaps this is all another indicator that there are simply too many films being released in the last few months of the year. There are many, many films that suffered as a result of dropping at the height of the holiday season, some Oscar casualties (“Ali”), others more commercial films that likely would have performed better at another time (“Jack Reacher”).

On a personal level, I’d hate to see “Wolf” move to 2014 because, well, I want to see it. It worked for “Shutter Island,” but “Wolf” seems to be a film that could manage to please audiences and critics. It all hinges on Scorsese, says the LA Times article:

“‘Truthfully, the only person who knows when the movie is going to be done is Martin Scorsese, and he probably doesn’t even know,’ said a Paramount source. ‘It’s the equivalent of a painter putting that last brush stroke on his work. That’s what we’re waiting for right now, that last brush stroke.’”

Photo: Mary Cybulski / Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures