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Watch: ‘60 Minutes’ 1981 Episode About Abscam Plus 30-Minute Talk With David O. Russell & Bradley Cooper

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by Kevin Jagernauth
February 26, 2014 4:34 PM
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The ballot boxes are now closed on Oscar voting, and the fate of months worth of interviews, photo shoots, promo, publicity and more rest in the hands of those dudes from PricewaterhouseCoopers who oversee the count that determines who gets a shiny new paperweight, and who doesn't. And David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is in the mix in a big way with 10 Oscar nominations. So what can you do until Sunday night?

Well, sit back and check out these extensive videos. First up, CBS has dropped their vintage 1981 "60 Minutes" (via Deadline) story on Mel Weinberg, the real-life inspiration for Christian Bale's Irving Rosenfeld in "American Hustle." Just like in the movie, he was the mastermind behind the Abscam stings (in conjunction with the FBI). He even met with Bale to talk about what he'd done and the character the actor was going to play. This video gives the background you need.

Meanwhile, Russell and Bradley Cooper stopped by "Charlie Rose" for a generous 30-minute conversation about the film, their working relationship and much more. Set aside some time, and watch below.

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