“My dog woke me up,” says Russell. “My dog like had some sixth sense. And I knew that it would be good if my phone was ringing and not as good if my phone wasn't ringing. So my phone started to ring shortly after my dog woke me up.”
What’s he talking about? Only the announcement of the 2011 Academy Awards nominees, with The Fighter earning itself seven nods.
With nominations in the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Bale) and Actress (Adams) categories, the battle to make The Fighter seems to have paid off.
“It has been such an incredible journey with The Fighter and one that I am grateful to share with David O. Russell, Christian, Melissa, Amy, my fellow producers and the Ward and Eklund families, who are the heart and soul of the film,” says Wahlberg.
“Thank you to the Academy for this tremendous honour.” A new journey has only just begun…