When the trailers for "The Big Short" started rolling out this past summer, my instinct was that with such a strong cast, it was bound to be a letdown. Let's face it – when the best thing director Adam McKay had done previously was "Step Brothers," you tend to temper your expectations. But instead, the film was an absolute home run. The megastars at the top of the bill – Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling – all were excellent, as were the lesser-known supporting players. The movie builds thanks to its humor, but when we reach the end we realize just what a scam the banking industry in the United States was during the sub-prime mortgage collapse, and our humor turns to fury. "The Big Short" won the Producers Guild Award for Best Picture – which for eight straight years has won Best Picture at the Oscars. So this has a very, very legitimate chance to be the night's big winner.
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