First Awards Screenings for ‘American Hustle’ Scheduled, Gandolfini Goes Lead at the Globes


SonyPictures_FYC-SiteAfter having some technical difficulties showing its first six minutes at the AFI Festival last night, David O. Russell‘s highly anticipated American Hustle has finally set its first AMPAS and guilds showings.  Screening in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, the first official showing will be on November 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  New York and San Francisco will both screen that day with all the other cities following on Monday.  There are still no campaign categories listed yet but assuming they throw Christian Bale and Amy Adams in the Lead categories, and Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner in Supporting, the film stands a very good chance at awards recognition throughout the year.

The awards site lists the synopsis as the official synopsis as:

A fictional film set in the world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle hinges on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. Directed by David O. Russell. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, and Megan Ellison.

JamesGandolfini_EnoughSaidIn other news, Nicole Holofcener‘s Enough Said was received by BFCA members and myself yesterday.  Fox Searchlight Pictures sent the critics group the Golden Globe version of the campaign art and it lists the late James Gandolfini in Best Actor (Comedy or Musical).  His co-star, Emmy-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will also follow suit in Lead Actress (Comedy or Musical).It has been rumored for weeks that Gandolfini, who never received an Oscar nomination during his tenure, would be campaigned Supporting for the Oscars.  On the For Your Consideration site, the studio doesn’t have any categories listed yet for the film.

What do you think of Gandolfini’s chances during the awards season?
How do you think American Hustle, along with its stars and filmmakers, will be received during the season?