Confirmed: ‘American Hustle’ will compete as a drama at Golden Globes

There’s been some question about whether “American Hustle” will compete as a drama or comedy at the Golden Globes, but an official decision has finally been made: drama.

David O. Russell‘s films tend to have a rich mix of drama and comedy that give them the flexibility to opt for either award classification. Last year his “Silver Linings Playbook” chose to compete as a comedy (where it earned the Best Actress laurels for Jennifer Lawrence), but it easily could’ve chosen the drama route.

But the comedy lineup at the upcoming Globes got especially crowded recently with the news that “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “August: Osage County” will go for those races, joining “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” “Enough Said,” “Her” and “Nebraska,”  among others.

Over on the drama side, “American Hustle” takes on “12 Years a Slave,” “Gravity,” “Captain Phillips,” “The Butler,” “Philomena,” “Blue Jasmine” “Saving Mr. Banks” and others. We had tentatively listed “American Hustle” as a drama option for some time in Gold Derby’s prediction center where it’s now ranked in third place among our Experts, Editors and Users. See full breakdown here. See Experts’ rankings here.

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