OSCARS: Academy Finalizes 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Producers Credits – Leo And Marty Back In, Riza Aziz Out

xthe-wolf-of-wall-street-leonardo-dicaprio-poster_jpg_pagespeed_ic_-p9xvpOtUxIn a rare move since the Producers Guild has been vetting eligible producers for the Oscars, the Producers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has taken a different path than the PGA recommendation and awarded director Martin Scorsese and star Oscar100__130208155647Leonardo DiCaprio additional Oscar nominations as producers of the film along with Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Scorsese’s partner) and Red Granite’s Joey McFarland. The latter two had been nominees for the PGA Award along with McFarland’s partner at Red Granite Riza Aziz. As previously reported on Deadline, Scorsese and DiCaprio were denied nominations by the PGA. Now the tables have been turned somewhat and it is Aziz who is odd man out and Scorsese and DiCaprio back in. DiCaprio, in his capacity as a producer, has worked for six years to bring it to the screen and got Red Granite — which fully financed the $100 million film — involved. Aziz won’t be contesting the Academy’s decision and Red Granite just released a statement to Deadline: “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.”

Related: Producers Guild Leaders On Why Scorsese And DiCaprio Didn’t Make The Cut

The Academy has long frowned on including more than three producers for each Best Picture nominee, but in special cases will allow more depending on what those individuals did on the film. In a very rare case, the Academy (and the PGA, which vetted them) have actually approved five producers for the 12 Years A Slave Best Picture nomination (Brad Pitt, Steve McQueen, Dede Gardner,  Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas). In the case of Wolf they apparently decided four was enough. In my recent interview with PGA Presidents  Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon and national executive director Vance Van Petten, I asked the question about their decision to omit pga_mark_logo_bannerScorsese and DiCaprio. Van Petten said the guild wasn’t intending to “dun” them “We are just trying to analyze the functions that are specifically performed in producing…They just did not reach the standards according to our arbiters of performing a majority of producing functions of the film from development through post,” said Van Petten. Gordon added, “They have the right to change it, keep it, adjust it, any way they see fit. Although I have to point out it is very rare that the Academy has not taken the Producers Guild recommendation, but they have every right to and I believe there has been one or two isolated incident over the past many years.”

The Academy decided to tighten its criteria for eligible producers after a group of five took the Best Picture Oscar for 1998’s Shakespeare In Love including then-Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein. There were many other producers involved along the way in The Wolf Of Wall Street but DiCaprio, Scorsese, Koskoff, Aziz and McFarland are the only five with a producer credit — which is a requirement of the Academy and the PGA. Among others who contributed were Alexandra Milchan, who worked on it for years after optioning the book but was relegated to executive producer credit when Red Granite took over. Oscar-winning producer Irwin Winkler was brought into the project at one point by Scorsese as well and he retains an executive producer credit along with several others. With their respective nominations for Best Director and Best Actor, Scorsese and DiCaprio have now joined the list of being multiple nominees this year.

Here is the Academy’s official statement today on the producers:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined the individual nominees for “The Wolf of Wall Street” in the Best Picture category for the Oscars®. They are producers Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff.

  1. Makes perfect sense. Riza Aziz may have funded it, but that’s the role of an “executive producer”, not a “producer”.

    1. and if wouldn’t have funded it there would be no credit for anyone…..
      In every other industry he would be considered the maker and the guy who really puts his ass on the line.

  2. Leo shepherded the property from the beginning, and when he persuaded Marty to join the project, he would have done considerably more than any other producer to make sure the film was done well.

    This is simply the right way for the Academy to go.

    1. Based on these results today, Brad Grey was right all along. He (and maybe Brad Pitt) should have been included as nominated producers for The Departed.

  3. What’s not Mentioned is Alexandra Milchan found the book and developed the script and pushed for it longer and harder than Leo… Granted she’s not a capable producer but she surely owned this material… I guess she’s used to her stuff being hijacked – look at Bullet to the Heads history

  4. Wait, aren’t Aziz and McGarland equal partners at Red Granite? So shouldn’t it be both or neither?

  5. The PGA was formed by line producers. Previously line producers were known as production managers. (The ‘line’ in line producer comes from ‘below-the-line producer’). So it’s part of their heritage and mandate that they judge producing largely from a production management point of view . Ergo they would not recognize Leonard D and Marty S a ‘producers’ since none of their producing work involves production management. That fact seems obvious to me. The Academy, however, recognizes the creative aspect of producing overall, and most fundamentally. They are far less concerned with the production management aspect.

  6. Without Leonardo’s great acting this film would have been unwatchable. Can’t believe the fat annoying sidekick got nominated too.

  7. So one of the guys who funded it gets the shaft, while DiCaprio and Marty, who knocked on studio doors and couldn’t get funding get a credit? What a f**** joke. I’m guessing someone is uncomfortable with the guys face and name.

  8. OLIvER STONE’S been repeating himself since the ’90’s.

    NOW Scorsese’s repeating STONE.

    Hollywood 2014 —-is NOWHERE!

  9. Joey and Riza did the same amount of work on the film. Not sure why Joey gets recognized and Riza gets shutout.

  10. For those who do not know, Riza Aziz is son of the crook politician prime minister of malaysia… through all the corrupt earnings the family has invested in many ways including the wolf of wall street film. im glad his name is not recognized by the academy because all he did was spend daddy’s corrupt money… riza is not an artistic talent in any way and thank god the academy caught that..

  11. I have lost all respect for the PGA and the Academy. If the PGA’s mission is to make sure that financiers don’t get the p.g.a. mark-then they failed in a colossal manner here. If the Academy supports this mission – how could they single out one and not the other? I don’t give a rats ass about who gets credit on this movie or any other, but I thought these 2 organizations had a purpose and now I know for a fact that it’s just “money can buy anything” in this town-once again. Follow the money and you can clearly see how this debacle happened.

  12. Sad to see that h0llywood has turned into a giant washing machine for malaysia’s illicit funds….i wonder if the Feds are gonna question them for money laundering….and that would make 1 helluva sequel for WOWS 2 !!!!! hahahahahahahha

  13. Wolf of Wallstreet is a 3 hour sausage and sexist feast made for teenage and early 20’s frat boys or males who are at that level of immaturity. They deliberately bribed the MPAA to bring the rating down from NC-17 to R so all the 15 year old boys can see the film, glorify it and repeat lines from it. Big whoop that a woman in her 70’s wouldn’t enjoy it. It’s not made for most women regardless of their age nor for mature men. The women in the film are nothing but props and sex objects. If this movie had Michael Bay’s name as the director (same exact movie) no high minded critics would be defending it as though it’s high art. It’s brainless teenage boy entertainment.

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