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Oscar-nominated designer on crafting the grifter’s world in 'American Hustle'

Still from the film
Still from the film "American Hustle" (2013)
Columbia Pictures
Still from the film
Production Designer Judy Becker attends the 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards For Excellence In Production Design at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 2, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.
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David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” has received critical acclaim, garnering a number of Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The film, a period crime drama set in the 1970s, follows a FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) as he recruits a con-man (Christian Bale) to uncover corrupt politicians.

The film could not have come together without the expertise of production designer Judy Becker, who is nominated for her work on “American Hustle.” Becker built a believable back-drop for the characters while creating an authentic and glamorous interpretation of the1970s.

This is not the first time that Becker and Russell have collaborated on a film. The pair also worked together on “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Fighter.” Becker has also worked on “Brokeback Mountain” and received the 2013 Art Director’s Guild award for Excellence in Production Design Award for her work on the HBO series “Girls.”


Judy Becker, Oscar-nominated production designer of director David O. Russell’s “American Hustle;” Becker’s production design credits also include “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The Fighter,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Garden State” and more.