The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is just like everybody else, and its jubilance for most things is guided by the last thing its collective brain can remember. As such, the end of the year is usually when studios stampede their Oscar bait out in limited releases. David O. Russell probably doesn’t need that kind of insurance, but nobody is taking anything for granted these days.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Sony will be releasing Russell’s next film, the still-untitled star-flooded feature depicting the Abscam sting, on December 13, 2013, for a limited theater run before expanding it nationwide on Christmas Day, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Nothing like a politically-tinged historical drama to really bring home that feeling of the holidays.

Abscam, short for Abdul scam, was an FBI sting operation run from the late 1970s to the early 1980s that used a made-up company to investigate the trafficking of stolen property, and soon found themselves deep into a web of widespread political corruption. If a film about a clever ruse can win for Best Picture this year, why can’t it do the same in 2014?

Russell’s last two films, 2010’s The Fighter and 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook both saw Oscar nominations for Best Picture and for Russell’s direction, and actors from both films took home the trophies, including Jennifer Lawrence, who reappears with the Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper for this Abscam-inspired feature. Rounding out the cast are Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and even Louis C.K. When the only non-Academy Award nominated members of your cast and crew are Louis C.K., who is an Emmy winner, and screenwriter Eric Singer, you know there’s a good chance more statues are waiting in the wings.

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