american-hustle-posters-sonyYesterday, Louisville’s Jennifer Lawrence won best supporting actress at the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle awards, often regarded as a reliable predictor of future awards’ success.

Not only that, but her film “American Hustle,” which reunites her with director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper from the many Academy-award winning film “Silver Linings Playbook,” took home best screenplay and best film.

“American Hustle” is set in New Jersey in the ’70s in the world of conmen, power brokers and mafia. Lawrence plays Rosalyn, the big-mouthed wife of a conman played by Christian Bale.

The film doesn’t open nationally until Dec. 20, but on Dec. 16, The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation is hosting a special preview screening of “American Hustle” here in Louisville.

Last month, a sold-out preview screening of “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” raised $40,000 for The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, with proceeds going to St. Mary’s Center, serving adults and teens with intellectual disabilities.

This time the event will support the West End School, a free, private, K-8 school for Louisville’s at-risk, male youth.

At the “Catching Fire” event, attendees were told that any time a new Jennifer Lawrence film opens, the foundation intends to partner with a nonprofit and have an early screening.

Lawrence will be unable to attend, as with the “Catching Fire” screening.

The “American Hustle” event will be held at Baxter Avenue Filmworks and will feature cocktails and appetizers before the screening. There will also be a silent auction and ’70s attire is encouraged. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the movie begins at 7:15 p.m.

The Jennifer Lawrence Fund is a fund at the Community Foundation of Louisville