Golden Globes switcheroo: ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ plays for laughs

Turns out that Martin Scorsese‘s highly anticipated “The Wolf of Wall Street” is a savage satire on the ways and means of Wall Street. The picture, based on the bestselling memoir by Jordan Belfort, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the disgraced financier who ran roughshod in the 1980s and 1990s. 

This hot Oscar prospect will contend in the less competitive Comedy/Musical categories at the Golden Globes. This is a savvy move on the part of Paramount, as this fifth collaboaration between Scorsese and Globes darling DiCaprio is now all but certain now to reap bids for picture as well as star when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. reveals nominations on Dec. 12. And it should also contend in the comedy categories at the Critics Choice awards, which will unveil its lineup on Dec. 16.

Expect the studio to tout these nominations in advance of the film opening wide on Christmas Day. It had been skedded tentatively for Nov. 15, but the Oscar-winning director (“The Departed”) and his cutter — three-time Oscar champ Thelma Schoonmaker — needed more time to bring it in under three hours (it now runs 165 minutes) and ensure it avoided an NC-17 rating. 

At the Globes, “Wolf” will face off against another Paramount release, “Nebraska,” for Best Comedy/Musical Picture. Currently, that race is led by “Inside Llewyn Davis” with Ben Stiller‘s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” which also bows Christmas Day, in the mix as are “Her” and “August: Osage County.” 

DiCaprio won his only Globe (out of nine noms) for his second film with Scorsese — “The Aviator” (2004) — while the helmer won the first of his two Globes for his third recent pairing with the actor — “The Departed.” That film went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars as well as for Scorsese.  

DiCaprio did not reap an Oscar bid for “The Departed” due to confusion as to whether he was in lead or supporting; instead, he was nominated for Best Actor for “Blood Diamond” but lost to Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”). The pair may well face off again for Best Actor this year as Whitaker is showcased in “The Butler.” 

Take a look at the trailer below and be sure to UPDATE your Golden Globe predictions to reflect this change. 

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