Sure, “American Hustle” was the 15th film ever to reap acting bids across all four categories. But it lost all those races at Sunday’s Oscars, as well as six more.
That brought its total losses to 10. And its wins? A big fat ZERO.
While that is a dubious achievement, it is not one for the record books. Both “The Turning Point” (1977) and “The Color Purple” (1985) went 0 for 11.
David O. Russell lost both his bids — for director and original screenplay. And his cast, leads Christian Bale and Amy Adams as well as featured players Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, all stayed in their seats.
Of the 14 films to contend across the board for acting, all but two won at least one of these races. The exceptions: “My Man Godfrey” (1936) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1950). Like “Hustle,” “My Man Godfrey” lost all six of its Oscar races; “Sunset” won three of its 11 bids: Story & Screenplay, Dramatic/Comedy Score and Art Direction (B&W).
So, just what was better than “American Hustle” in each race?
Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave”
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Best Original Screenplay, “Her”
Best Editing: “Gravity”
Best Costume Design: “The Great Gatsby”
Best Production Design: “The Great Gatsby”