Oscars 2011: The Fighter Best Picture Nomination
The Fighter Best Picture Nomination will it win a Oscar?
Mark Wahlberg’s passion project The Fighter was finally able to get made and while it took a lot of time, sweat, heartache and effort to get the movie made, it was well worth the wait as it brought home a nomination for Best Picture at the 2011 Oscars.
The Fighter brings to life the true story of blue collar fighter “Irish” Mickey Ward. Ward, who was not much more than a club fighter, made an unlikely assent in the rankings and eventually won the Welterweight championship. His three fights with Arturo Gatti are three of the most legendary, most talked about fights of all time. The first bout, which saw Ward come back after taking a terrible beating to knock Gatti down in the 9th and win the fight was voted the Ring Magazine fight of the year and is to this day considered one of the greatest fights of all time.
Ward’s rise to fame was not easy. His brother, played by Oscar Nominee Christian Bale, overcame drug addictions and trouble with the law to help guild Mickey on his way up. The Fighter captures the drama of the family and the boxing world as Ward struggles to hold it all together while pursuing a dream.
The Fighter movie is raw, intense and emotional. Wahlberg spent three years training and getting into shape for this role and he is great as the intense Ward. Sadly, the Academy overlooked him, but the movie itself picked up seven Oscar nominations including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actress for Amy Adams, Best Supporting Actress for Melissa Leo and Best screenplay.
The Fighter might be a little bit of a long shot to win a Oscar, but it has the heart of a champion and is a great movie.
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