David O. Russell

Nominated for directing "The Fighter," his third film with star Mark Wahlberg, who plays welterweight boxer Micky Ward in the Boston-set drama. "I feel like our collaboration is an instrument," said the notoriously headstrong Russell, 52, of his professional relationship with his repeat leading man. "And we're really starting to learn how to use it."
Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times
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