The success of The Hunger Games meant that [Jennifer] Lawrence said goodbye to her old life — which allowed her to disappear into roles in films like Winter’s Bone — and embraced life in the spotlight. Thus far, celebrity has been ridiculously kind to Lawrence. Far and wide, people tweet wishes to be her BFF, or pit her against actresses who have fallen out of favor. Her every stumble or statement is fawned over. But the adoration hints at the backlash that will inevitably come when her very human actions fail to live up to the superhuman expectations thrust upon her.
What it is: A stylish crime drama, set in the 1970s and 80s, that loosely follows the arc of the FBI’s real-life ABSCAM operation.
Why you should care: If American Hustle can live up to its sky-high potential, it may be the film to beat in December — and possibly for Best Picture. Its screenplay was ranked as one of the best unproduced screenplays of the year in 2010. It’s directed by David O. Russell, who’s fresh off back-to-back, Oscar-nominated successes in Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. Its massive ensemble cast boasts everyone from Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale to Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams. And every glimpse of the film released so far has absolutely oozed with style. It’s a high bar, but there’s so much talent involved that American Hustle stands a good chance of reaching it.
What else is coming out: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second (and hopefully more compelling) entry in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy; Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas, the writer/director/star’s seventh outing as the gun-toting grandmother.
In an endearing, embarrassing moment that cemented her status as Hollywood’s most adorkable young actress, Jennifer Lawrence tripped on the steps on her way to accepting her Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, prompting a sympathetic standing ovation. “You guys are just standing up because I fell and that’s really embarrassing, but thank you. This is nuts,” said the breathless actress as she accepted the award. (And bonus points to Hugh Jackman, who proved once again that he’s one of the nicest guys in Hollywood by darting up to the stage to help Lawrence up.)