David O. Russell on DGA Nom: 'I Started to Cry'
Director David O. Russell is famous as a scrapper, not a crybaby, but earning a Directors Guild Award nom made him break down and blubber.
"When Taylor Hackford called me this morning I have to admit I started to cry. I am so humbled because it is such a talented field this year. I had prepared myself to not be part of it. ... Like boxing, our business doesn't always give second chances," says Russell.
Many gave him low chances of winning anything, because his reputation is more for abrasiveness than the "gratitude and humility" he says he feels today. "I'm not a tactful or political person to my own detriment," Russell explained in THR's Awards Watch Roundtable with other Oscar contender directors. But then, he had to battle for years to get the film made, and emotionality is what made it a winner. Expect to see more weeping -- for joy, if he loses I'm sure he'll be stoic -- when Russell enters the final rounds at the Globes this weekend and the Oscars, for which he's now a likelier nominee.
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