Cinema fans are divided on David O. Russell and his recent efforts; some believe that he is one of the top directors working right now, others think he is mediocre at best. Well, if there was any question on how the Academy felt they answered that by planting their flag firmly in the former camp. “American Hustle” ties for the most nominations with ten, for the second straight year in a row Russell’s film received a nomination in all four acting categories, and his last three films have received a total of twenty-five nominations (three wins to date). Very few filmmakers have had that kind of streak with the Academy. Russell is still looking for his own Oscar win, but if the trend continues it’s only a matter of time (maybe only a matter of months).