'Wolf of Wall Street' nabs Christmas release date, stays in Oscar hunt

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It looks like The Wolf of Wall Street is going to make it in time for the Oscar party after all.

Martin Scorsese’s star-studded tale of 1990’s greed and hubris, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Jonah Hill, was one of the awards season’s most anticipated films, expected to arrive in theaters on Nov. 15. But when reports emerged that the Oscar-winning director had handed in a three-hour cut, Paramount began making plans to delay its release until Christmas — or maybe even early 2014 — in order to trim and fine-tune the movie. A Christmas date seemed harmless enough, but a 2014 release would rob Paramount and this year’s Oscars of one of its crown jewels.

Fortunately, Paramount confirmed the rumors today that Wolf will slide into the Dec. 25 slot once filled by Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Paramount’s reboot of Tom Clancy’s most-famous cold-war character, starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, and Keira Knightley, was recently bumped to Jan. 17.

Paramount is sure to mount an aggressive Oscar campaign for DiCaprio, who is becoming a sentimental choice to win after three previous acting nominations, as well as ones for Scorsese, the supporting cast, and the picture itself.

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