David O. Russell Compares Oscar Race to 'Sophie's Choice'
'The Fighter' director will not choose between Amy Adams and Melissa Leo — both nominated in the same category.
The Fighter director David O. Russell has a classic dilemma on his hands -- two of his movie's stars received nominations for best supporting actress for the Academy Awards, airing February 27.
Russell told The Hollywood Reporter Saturday night that he will not chose between his film's two actresses, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams. He said it reminds him of the movie Sophie's Choice, where Meryl Streep's character had to decide which of her two children would be spared from death.
"They are all like my children, my family, at this point," he said at the Director's Guild Awards of Leo and Adams. "I want them both to be rewarded for their amazing performances.
"Thankfully, it's not my choice. If it was, I'd be living through Sophie's Choice."
Fortunately, Russell has one clear rooting option in another race -- Christian Bale is the only actor from The Fighter to be nominated for best supporting actor.
"So the only thing I can do is root for Christian," he said.
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Scott Feinberg, the lead awards analyst for The Hollywood Reporter, is one of the entertainment industry's most experienced and trusted experts about the Oscars, Emmys and Tonys. He started on the awards beat in 2001, writing for independent websites including his own ScottFeinberg.com before joining the Los Angeles Times and then THR, for which he writes “The Race” blog, which won the LA Press Club’s National Entertainment Journalism Award for best entertainment blog of 2012-2013. A voting member of both the Broadcast Film Critics' Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, he is also writing a book about film history for young people for which he has interviewed more than 500 high-profile Hollywood figures whose careers span the silent era through the present.
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