Martin Scorsese heckled at the Academy screening of The Wolf of Wall Street

According to actress Hope Holiday, Scorsese was harangued with comments of “shame on you” and “disgusting”

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He is no stranger to controversy, but even critics who acclaimed Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street have noted the film’s amoral decadence.

And now, the director was heckled at an official Academy screening at the weekend because of it.

Scorsese attended the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday (21 December) for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) preview, which was followed by a Q&A session.

According to actress Hope Holiday, Scorsese was harangued with comments of "shame on you" and "disgusting".

In a Facebook post, 75-year-old Holiday, who starred in the 1960 Billy Wilder film The Apartment, wrote: "Tonight was torture at the Academy - The Wolf of Wall Street - three hours of torture - same disgusting crap over and over again. After the film they had a discussion which a lot of us did not stay for - the elevator doors opened and Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Scorsese and a few others got out. Then a screen writer ran over to them and started screaming - shame on you - disgusting."

In comments below the post, Holiday went on to say that she "hated" the film and added: "I ran down the stairs." However, the actress did concede that "some people liked it".

According to the Wrap, a Paramount rep who was with Scorsese said that no one screamed at the director, but admitted that one person offered "a negative comment."

Holiday declined to name the screenwriter in question but told The Wrap that the criticism of Scorsese was "a shocker," and "very awkward and embarrassing" for others waiting for the elevator.

The Wolf of Wall Street, which features Scorsese's long-term collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio as the anti-hero Jordan Belfort, is a wild, sex and drugs-fuelled account of the financial fraudster's rise to riches on Wall Street.

Overall, it has been highly praised by critics ahead of its US release. The film was named in the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute and is tipped to be an Oscar winner, having already secured two Golden Globe nominations.

The Wolf of Wall Street goes on general release in the US on Christmas Day and on 17 January 2014 in the UK.