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Martin Scorsese - "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Pros: After many less fruitful years, Scorsese is in a good place with this branch: his picked up Best Director nominations (with accompanying Best Picture bids) for four of his last five features. His latest could hardly be more eagerly anticipated, or arrive in a more plum spot this season: supposedly landing around Christmas, this slick-looking Wall Street drama has a lot of on-paper promise.
Cons: Can it live up to it? Scorsese's one Oscar win to date came when the film ("The Departed") didn't arrive burdened with awards hopes, whereas "Wolf" will be the last, most highly-pressured unveiling of the season. The trailer looks fun, but does it promise too much flash and debauchery for the Academy's liking?