American-Hustle-PosterAmerican Hustle
(Dec 25 2013; Coumbia Pictures)

Summary: The story of a con artist and his partner in crime, forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians – namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.

Oscar Prospects: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design

Runner Up: Best Actor, Best Costume DesignBest Film Editing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Long Shots: Best Supporting ActorBest CinematographyBest Original Score, Best Sound Mixing


Early Word: The film hasn’t been seen, but it delivered a pretty juicy trailer last week. David O. Russell has scored plenty of Oscar nominations for his last two films “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter.” This film looks more tailored to the Academy offering up itself in the technical categories as well as the acting categories. Now to see if it’s supposed to be any good.

MetaCritic: 80

The Players

Director: David O. Russell
Writer: Eric Singer, David O. Russell
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner
Cinematographer: Linus Sandgren
Production Designer: Judy Becker
Editor: Not Available
Original Music: Not Available