Leonardo DiCaprio won Best Actor at the ACCTA Awards here in Australia for The Great Gatsby!
After a study to determine producer credits, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff are the four producers eligible for Oscar consideration on “Wolf of Wall Street.”
The Academy rules usually limit it to three producers. When Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 16, “Wolf” was listed as a best pic nominee with the note that the individual producers had yet to be determined.
In onscreen credits, there is a fifth producer, Riza Aziz, who is McFarland’s partner in Red Granite. The company issued a statement immediately following the Academy’s decision, saying, “We are thrilled that the Academy has recognized the invaluable contributions of Marty, Leo, Joey and Emma on behalf of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Riza Aziz and Red Granite remain honored to be part of the production team.”
Academy rules state that a film can have three or fewer producers, but the producers branch executive committee “has the right, in what it determines to be a rare and extraordinary circumstance, to name any additional qualified producer as a nominee.”
Oscars will be presented March 2 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network.
Leonardo DiCaprio, best actor nominee for The Wolf of Wall Street: The actor, who fell asleep to the television the night before, woke up five minutes after the nominations and immediately changed the channel. He saw his name, then looked for co-star Jonah Hill and director Martin Scorsese’s names, amongst other Wolf players. “It’s fantastic, it feels really good,” he tells THR. He says he and his team knew that the movie would be polarizing — “Even doing a movie about Wall Street is fodder enough” — but he credits the controversies, as well as word of mouth, for making the film stand out. When asked about this morning’s snubs, he says, “I’m usually on the receiving end of that stick. I’m not used to seeing this.” He did acknowledge that Robert Redford, Tom Hanks and Joaquin Phoenix deserved to be in that category. “But, you know, I’ve realized long ago there is no determining what people think or feel. You just have to feel grateful when these situations arise. I’m proud I even got to make this movie, which is insane in its own right.” DiCaprio says at the top of his day’s agenda was to call his parents and to take a “nappypoo.”
Congratulations to The Wolf of Wall Street on its four BAFTA nominations, which include Leonardo DiCaprio for Leading Actor, Martin Scorsese for Director, Terence Winter for Adapted Screenplay, and Thelma Schoonmaker for Editing. The BAFTA Awards take place Sunday February 16th, 2014
Exciting news! Leo will be appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday!