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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 16, 2014 at 7:06 AM

Those “American Hustle” acting nominations

I figured Jennifer Lawrence, at least, was a shoo-in for supporting actress, but I couldn’t have guessed that Christian Bale (best actor), Amy Adams (best actress) and Bradley Cooper (best supporting actor) would get nominations as well — this, in a nifty bit of Oscar trivia, matches director David O. Russell’s achievement last year on “Silver Linings Playbook,” which also had its cast nominated in all four categories. Because it’s Oscar day, let’s look at the numbers: “American Hustle” is now the 15th film to receive Academy Award nominations in all four acting categories; Russell is the only director with two films (let alone back-to-back) receiving that distinction. No film has ever won every acting category, though “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Network” won three out of four. The complete roster: “My Man Godfrey,” “Mrs. Miniver,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Johnny Belinda,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “From Here to Eternity,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “Network,” “Coming Home,” “Reds,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle.”

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