Oscar Nominations: David O. Russell Film Scores Acting Nods in All 4 Categories for 2nd Year Running

Oscar Nominations: David O. Russell Film Scores Acting Nods in All 4 Categories for 2nd Year Running

A year after he pulled it off with “Silver Linings Playbook,” Russell does it again with “American Hustle”

There's a reason actors love to work with David O. Russell.

For the second year in a row, the “American Hustle” director led his cast to nominations in all four acting categories, with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper earning nods Thursday for best actor, actress, supporting actress and supporting actor, respectively.

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Last year, Russell managed the same feat, when he scored acting nominations across the board for his “Silver Linings Playbook” cast of Cooper, Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver.

Going into the nominations, both Adams and Bale were considered bubble candidates, so few had expected Russell to make history.

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Russell's achievement ties him with William Wyler as the director with the most acting nominations in consecutive movies, although they arrived at that figure a bit differently. Wyler directed three actors to nominations for 1941's “The Little Foxes” and five actors to nominations for 1942's “Mrs. Miniver.”

But “American Hustle” also helped Russell beat Wyler's record of 10 for the most acting nominations for three consecutive films. When you add the three nominations for “The Fighter” three years ago, Russell now holds the record of 11 for back-to-back-to-back films.

Before Russell “Silver Linings Playbook” landed nomination in all four acting categories, it had been 31 years since another film turned the trick. That film was “Reds” (1981), which earned a best actor nomination for Warren Beatty, a best actress nomination for Diane Keaton, a best supporting actor nomination for Jack Nicholson and a best supporting actress nomination for Maureen Stapleton. Despite that impressive showing, only Stapleton went home with an Oscar for acting that year, although Beatty did win best director.

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In fact, only 15 films in history have managed to snag nominations in all of the acting categories. It's a group that contains such film classics as “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “A Streetcar Named Desire”(1951), “Network” (1976), “From Here to Eternity” (1953) and “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf” (1966).

No film has ever won all four acting categories, although “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Network” did win three out of four.

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As for Russell, he has a strong track record of guiding actors into the winner's circle. Last year, Lawrence won best actress for “Silver Linings Playbook” and ”The Fighter” scored a best supporting actor Oscar for Bale and a best supporting actress Oscar for Melissa Leo in 2010.

Stick with him baby, and someday you could be thanking the Academy.

  • jhs39

    To say that actors like to work with David O Russell doesn't really tell the whole story. The normally laid back George Clooney said he would never work with Russell again after producing and starring in Three Kings. A tape of Lily Tomlin and David O Russell clashing on the set of I Heart Huckabees went public a few years ago. James Caan stormed off the set of the never completed David O Russell film Nailed and there were reports that Jake Gyllenhaal was on the verge of leaving too before production was shut down. And Harvey Weinstein just revealed that Anne Hathaway was originally cast as the female lead in Silver Linings Playbook but left because of differences with Russell. Maybe some actors like to work with him but others clearly don't. .

    • sam

      For what I have seen on the behind the scenes with the cast of DOR he is the type of actor that would be telling you if he likes the scene you just shoot or not; he would stop you in mid-scene and ask you to do it differently not one nor twice but several times; he'll be “in your face” until he likes the result of that work.

      Now if you are not used to that kind of “treatment” -specially if you are used to people praising you all the time- then you are going to class with that type of personality.

      He has to have something else (talent, an eye for a good scene etc) asides from been obsess with how he shoots his movies that a lot of actors like to work with him and look forward to work with him again and again.

      • jhs39

        Before The Fighter the only actor in Hollywood who liked to work with David O Russell again and again was Mark Wahlberg. Nailed nearly ended his career for good. Consider that the movie was at least 80% completed when James Caan stormed off the set and that the producers never tried to sue to force Caan to come back and complete the movie. That tells me that David O Russell's behavior on set was pretty horrible. The only reason Russell got The Fighter gig was that Mark Wahlberg produced the movie, insisted on Russell as director (over Paramount's objections) and also got co-star Christian Bale to sign off. Success erases bad memories I guess but everyone seems to forget that after the Nailed fiasco David O Russell was completely unemployable–if Mark Wahlberg didn't like him he would probably be a Michael Cimino like footnote in film history.

  • EllenFD

    Bale? Cooper? Lawrence? OK, maybe Adams. AH was an entertaining con-job movie, but that's about it. It does not merit all those nominations. Talk about the emperor's new clothes.

    • Sferd

      Totally agree. I would have preferred Bale receive a nod for his excellent work in “Out of the Furnace.”

      When Cooper's name was announced, I knew it would be a sweep for “AH,” but Bale was a bit of a surprise.

    • Milly

      Jew broad. Keep your big fucking mouth shut or next time I'll take a shit in it.

  • Sean Richardson

    “Russell’s achievement ties him with William Wyler as the director with the most acting nominations in consecutive movies, although they arrived at that figure a bit differently.”

    Wyler directed 20 acting nominations in 10 consecutive movies over seven consecutive years. I don't think Russell is there yet.