In Defense of ‘American Hustle’ over ‘12 Years a Slave’

Oscar’s 2013 Best Picture showdown was an open-and-shut race. Did the best film win?

Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper in American Hustle (Sony Pictures Releasing)