Based loosely on the ABSCAM FBI sting operation of the late '70s, American Hustle tells the tale of con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his seductive partner-in-crime, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams). Together, they bilk investors of their hard-earned money until a run-in with FBI Agent Richie DiMaso sets them up for a big fall. To get out of their predicament, Irving and Sydney agree to a high-stakes con to help catch corrupt Jersey politicians. The big fish? Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner). As complications ensue, Irving must also deal with his highly volatile wife (Jennifer Lawrence), whose unpredictable demeanor threatens to have the big con blow up right in his face. Nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.