‘American Hustle’ almost set wrong kind of Oscar record with 0 wins, 10 losses

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” 

7 thoughts on “‘American Hustle’ almost set wrong kind of Oscar record with 0 wins, 10 losses

  1. I don’t know why this is such a shock. Really its only chances were JLaw and Screenplay, but Her and Lupita were both better, and there was previous award momentum that indicated zero wins.

  2. Yes Hustle did go 0 for 10, but to make things worse, they lost in the top 7 categories which no other film has done. This film was over hyped and overrated by Gold Derby and in the Long Run, it didn’t have the support where it counted. Although if it contended at the Emmy’s in the Movie Category then it would have swept there. That’s what I felt i was watching, a T.V. Movie

  3. It was easy to see that AH would go winless. I called it weeks ago, saying it was second or third best in every category it was nominated. The same thing happens every time Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated, second or third best performance. The last time I remember an O – fer was The Color Purple.

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