10 Days of Oscars: The Wolf of Wall Street

BY: FRANCISCO FLORES 

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A world engulfed by sex, drugs and money is all that mattered to Jordan Belfort. That’s the everyday life he lived as a CEO of Stratton Oakmont in "The Wolf of Wall Street." The silver-screen adaptation of the true story of a stockbroker who was convicted of stock fraud and sentenced to 36 months in jail is sure to be a top contender for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Played by Leonardo DiCaprio, Belfort begins his financial takeover at the young age of 22.

After he is let go from his job, Belfort moves from New York to Long Island and enters a penny stock exchange company as a new broker. He takes all his knowledge from Wall Street and applies them to his new small-town job. This led to him eventually starting up his own company in a rundown auto shop selling penny stocks.

By suckering rich moguls into investing into penny stocks, he saw an influx of profit for his company while people had no clue they just invested their money into a worthless company. Soon enough, he was able to assemble a team of 20 for Stratton Oakmont to really begin takeoff.

The Martin Scorsese-directed film shows the ins and outs of a rich, corrupted stock exchange company run by a drug-fueled, money-hungry businessman. The film’s golden cast, led by DiCaprio, gives the film an extra boost to keep moviegoers entertained. Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Matthew McConaughey all serve as excellent supporting actors.

Hill accepted the role of Donnie Azoff, best friend to Jordan Belfort, for the Screen Actors Guild minimum pay of only $60,000 to get to work with Scorsese. Though the movie made over $108 million as of Feb 11 in the US, he didn’t walk away too empty handed; Hill earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at this year’s Oscars.

Running at 189 minutes, the movie is just shy of three hours. Though it might seem a little long for a regular film, the plot draws in audiences and immerses them in the world of Jordan Belfort.

With nine movies up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, "The Wolf of Wall Street" only has a 1/9 chance of winning, but it is definitely one to watch for. This top contender for the award will see its fate on March 2nd at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.