Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle Take Aim at the Oscars

The New York Film Critics Circle crowns American Hustle best picture

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As often happens towards the end of the calendar year, a late contender is surging in the Oscar race. The New York Film Critics Circle named American Hustle best picture on Tuesday. The film also won best screenplay and best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

After early Oscar buzz for films like 12 Years a SlaveFruitvale Station and Dallas Buyers Club, David O. Russel’s American Hustle — which is set for a late Dec. 13 release — is beginning to catch fire. Russell’s last two films, The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, were both nominated for Academy Awards.

So it isn’t so far-fetched that a Russell film could finally get a win, especially considering that the director is recycling critically-acclaimed actors from his last two films to play the four leads in this movie: Amy Adams and Christian Bale both got Oscar noms for 2010’s The Fighter, and Bale won; Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper were in contention to win Academy Awards last year, and Lawrence took home an Oscar. Plus Russell added Jeremy Renner, who has been nominated for two Oscars, to the ensemble.

Yes, they’re all in over-the-top 70s costumes. And yes, Bradley Cooper’s hair looks ridiculous. But with early critical acclaim and these NYFCC awards under its belt, American Hustle could go all the way.

6 comments
LouricRankine
LouricRankine

Jennifer should not win. I mean that performance reminded me of Marisa Tomei in "mY COusin Vinny" and I enjoyed that one over lawrence. If she wins because she is popular and is very likable, the Oscars, Globes, Sags, and Critics are all bias.

Alessandra
Alessandra

beautiful people being badass and having sex with each other. My favorite kind of movie yay!

GuillermoReyes
GuillermoReyes

Last year's winner of New York Film Critics Circle was Zero Dark Thirty. It did not go all the way. Argo did. Jennifer Lawrence won the Oscar, but Rachel Weisz who won the New York Film Critics wasn't even nominated for the Oscar. Do not assume that Oscar voters will follow the lead of critics. New York is an early entry for the Oscar buzz, the earliest in fact, but do not assume that Oscar voters will concur.

SalingersGhost
SalingersGhost

You shouldn't win an Oscar for crawling seductively in a white dress. Hopefully there's more to her performance...