Multiplex moviegoers weren't the only ones paying attention to "American Hustle's" recent awards-season onslaught.
Over the weekend, the film grossed $690,000 from just six theaters, and
We've already covered the waterfront on "Hustle's" late-arriving momentum, and the rousing response at last night's academy screening further confirms the notion that it has emerged as the clear alternative to
"From people I talk to, there's this feeling that this guy is making movies for the here and now," an actor said, following the screening. "You look at
Russell and actress
"If she hadn't just won the Oscar last year, I'd say she'd be a sure thing," observed one voter, noting Lawrence's lead actress victory last year for Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook."
"Even so, I wouldn't want to be competing against her," added another academy member. "[
Unlike the members of this group, who won their acting Oscars in the same category, Lawrence would be shifting from lead to supporting. Between the novelty of the switch, the quality of the work and the high regard for Lawrence in general (the massive success of