Know Your Oscar Flms: The Fighter

The Set Up:

“The Pride of Lowell” Dicky Ecklund Jr. (Christian Bale) has hit rock bottom. Once the famous boxer who pushed down Sugar Ray Leonard during a fight, Dicky is now a crack addict blindly grasping for a comeback that is never to happen. So instead of improving his boxing career, Dicky turns to his brother Micky (Mark Wahlberg), an equally talented boxer on the rise.  Together, the two will work their way to the top.

Cazt: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, and Jack McGee

Directed by: David O. Russell

Written by: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, and Eric Johnson

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What is it nominated for?

Best Picture, Best Director (David O. Russell),  Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay (Scott Silver, Paul Tamasay, and Eric Johnson), Best Editing (Pamela Martin)

Nominated for a total of 7 nominations (fourth most nominated film).

Does it deserve the nominations?

There’s only three Oscar films I haven’t seen: Winter’s Bone, The Kid’s Are All Right, and this.  What I’m basically saying is I have no idea in hell.  But with a 90% Tomatometer, I’m going to say yes.

Brotherly Love


-Matt Damon and Brad Pitt were both set to play Dicky Eklund at one point or another.

-Darren Aronofsky was going to direct this, but left to do Black Swan.  Both directors are now going head to head in the Best Director category.  Victory for all.

-Christain Bale lost a staggering amount of weight and went missing for hours at a time during the production of the film.  He was also high on crack 24/7. It’s method acting, man.

-Mark Wahlberg trained for four years for his part.  Yes, even during The Happening.

-Christain Bale got involved in The Fighter because Mark Wahlberg’s daughter attended the same elementary school as his.  Here’s how that conversation went.

Wahlberg’s Daughter: My daddy was in The Lovely Bones!

Bale’s Daughter: My daddy’s the God Damn Batman.

Wahlberg’s Daughter: F**k you.