“The Fighter” helmer David O. Russell slept well on Monday night because he knows what the movie has meant to the family of boxer Mickey Ward and the people of Lowell, Mass.
“The people of Lowell made up this film and I think those are the types of audiences it is attracting,” he said. “I’m really grateful that this nomination will help the film carry on, just like the real-life Mickey Ward. I spoke to the family last night and all morning, and they are so happy and so excited. I was able to fall asleep last night because I knew they were behind me and this film.”