After the absolute travesty that (once again) was the Oscar nominations, it is time for the first annual Sharpies to step in and show ’em how it’s done.
As always there has been a vast array of films released this year, and working 40 hours it’s hard for me to around to seeing them all (unlike those lay-abouts at the academy) so there will be some noticeable omissions from my nominations. I was intent on having a best TV show category, but having only been able to watch Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, it hardly seems worth it. The same goes for the documentaries category, of which I have only seen one, Blackfish (which probably would have won anyway). As for motion pictures, looking over the oscars nominations, there only seems to be one notable omission, August: Osage County. I will get round to watching it soon and may edit my nominations accordingly at a later date (but probably not).
Anyway, without further ado, lets get to the nominations…
Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.
Martin Scorsese is a man who has built his reputation on detailed and lengthy portraits of gangland violence. Films like Goodfellas, and Taxi Driver, which employ gratuitous violence and a stoney serious tone to tell the often tragic stories of sociopaths. It has been to his credit then that in recent years Scorsese has been moving away from the approach which has found him so much success. Of late his films have been more and more light-hearted, some might even say more immature. The Wolf of Wall Street is exactly that, immature. It is Citizen Kane on crack (literally). It revels in the excesses of its protagonist, Dicaprio’s Jordan Belfort, and this transfers brilliantly to the screen. The Wolf of Wall Street is easily one of the most fun films of the year (last year). It just that sometimes the film is having so much fun that the story is lost in the mayhem.