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Bradley Cooper - "American Hustle"
Pros: Even two years ago, “Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper” wasn’t a phrase we thought we’d be saying any time soon – but with the help of lightning-rod director David O. Russell, he demonstrated his full potential in “Silver Linings Playbook.” Can Russell bring out the best in him again? “American Hustle” remains a bit of a mystery package, but it has everyone’s attention – and a substantial role for Cooper as an undisciplined FBI agent.
Cons: Well, again, we haven’t seen the film. We don’t know yet whether it’ll be up the Academy’s street, or just a good time. And with a large, star-studded ensemble, we don’t yet know who will emerge as its MVPs.