In this film image released by Sony Pictures, Bradley Cooper, left, as Richie Dimaso and Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld talk in a gallery at the Frick Museum in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "American Hustle." After meeting the dapper Rosenfeld and his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), Coopers character, Dimaso, ups his fashion game. (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel)
Best Picture nominees offer a dark portrait of the American Dream
By Adrienne LaFrance
| Digital First Media
First Published Feb 25 2014 04:45 pm • Last Updated Feb 26 2014 11:00 am
Most of the nominees in this category are fundamentally concerned with the space between who we are and who we say we are, both as individuals and as Americans.
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