After going back-to-back on Best Picture and Best Director nominations for The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell officially put his next project in the threepeat crosshairs. So what’s he bringing to the Oscar party this time? The trailer for American Hustle debuted this morning on Good Morning America, as, uh, all serious awards contenders do, and we’ve now got our first look at how absurdly Russell has stacked the deck for his latest run. There’s Oscar-winning Fighter star Christian Bale in a spread collar, ascot, and truly unfortunate hairpiece. Then Bradley Cooper, Oscar-nominated for Playbook, shows up. Oh, and didn’t somebody else actually win for that movie? Right, Jennifer Lawrence. Yeah, she’s in it, too. How about another Fighter Oscar nominee in Amy Adams? Yup. De Niro? Not in the trailer, but he’s in it. He’s won stuff. And let’s also throw in a Renner, just because the call sheet has all those fun boxes for names.
At this point, ponying up for the Led Zeppelin song feels like gilding the awards-lily. Ease up a little, gang. You’ve all been there before. And you’ll probably be back this year. Maybe bring a suitcase — on the raw numbers alone you might be hauling around a lot of gold that night.