Director: David O. Russell
Movie: The Fighter
Synopsis: The movie follows a determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Christian Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime.
Perennial underdog Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title and the WBU Light Welterweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work.
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Russell has never won a Golden Globe.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: This is his first nomination.
Critics: “The Fighter easily could have slipped into boxing-film clichés, but Russell doesn't let that happen. Instead, it lands its hardest blows while chronicling the struggle of a family, which is a far more interesting fight.” - Arizona Republic
“The Fighter is among the year's most pleasant surprises. Who knew that a movie with so many depressing elements in it could also be so damn funny and uplifting?” - IGN Movies
“By far the most rousing, expertly cast movie this year…” - New York Daily News
FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw