Nomination reaction: David O. Russell

Best director, 'The Fighter'

Helmer David O. Russell said he hopes the noms for “The Fighter” will help the city of Lowell, Mass., take pride in the accomplishments of the movie’s subject, boxer Mickey Ward.

“They’re over the moon that the city that has moved on this next chapter,” Russell said, noting that there was an unflattering HBO documentary about the struggles of another boxer, Dickie Eklund, also featured in “Fighter.”

“I think with this nomination they can put this film up there with Mickey’s championship as what the city should be known for,” he said.

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