The Big Short Enters the Oscars Race With a Brand New Trailer

Christian Bale is a good guy with a bad haircut in the true-life financial crisis thriller about the 2008 crash.

Watch out, Sicario. Christian Bale and Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling are coming for your Oscars.

Adam McKay’s The Big Short, about a rogue analyst who uncovered the sub-prime lending fraud that led to the 2008 crash, has entered the race with a new trailer and a December release date.

The true-life drama, also starring Steve Carrell, Marisa Tomei, and Melissa Leo, is based on the Michael Lewis’ book The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine. It’s an inside look at the Wall Street good guys and bad guys, and how a few resourceful rogues got rich betting against the mortgage bubble.

The Big Short looks a bit like Margin Call but with a bigger marketing budget and an appealing hero; throw in a star-studded cast and the Academy’s established enthusiasm for Michael Lewis adaptations (The Blind Side, Moneyball) and you can just about guarantee The Big Short will have a seat at the Oscar table — unless something goes horribly wrong.