'The Fighter': Mark Wahlberg on his Best Actor snub

Despite positive reviews, Mark Wahlberg was the only main cast member from The Fighter not to score an Oscar nomination for his performance in the movie. (Meanwhile, his costars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Melissa Leo were all recognized in the supporting categories.) In Part 3 of my interview with Wahlberg and his Fighter director David O. Russell (also nominated for an Oscar this year), Wahlberg tells me why he’s actually happier to be nominated as one of the film’s producers and whether he thinks his movie has a shot at upsetting The King’s Speech for the Best Picture win.

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  • Nathan

    It would be great to see King’s Speech and Social Network split the vote and The Fighter sneak in there and win. They’re all great movies, but it would be cool if that happened, probably be talked about for a long time afterward.

    • Francis

      Honestly, Wahlberg wasn’t that great to be nominated. Ryan Gosling and Leo were better, IMO.
      Second, ‘The Fighter’ is no different than most boxing movies. They’re all about the underdog rising to the top. Except this one dealt about family issues, and even that was done better, and in a more complex way, in ‘Raging Bull’.
      If ‘The Fighter’ wins Best Picture, then it will be ‘Crash’ all over again, in that a lousy movie won.
      Finally, I think Jackie Weaver deserves the Oscar over Melissa Leo. Both played somewhat emotionally unstable mothers caring too much, perhaps too smothering, about their sons. Except Jackie played it with criminal undertones that were so subtle and brilliant, it’ll give you chills. Remember, the most showy performance is not always the best, and in this case Weaver knocked it out the park.
      Just my $0.02

  • Karate Pants

    He did a fine job, but his co-stars upstaged him. The subdued personality of his character coupled with his sort of flat delivery, he didn’t have a chance against such a talented cast bringing us such colorful characters.

  • AK

    Sorry, but “The Fighter” is just not worthy of a Best Picture win.

    • Nathan

      It’s more worthy than Inception.

  • rebecca

    I was very impressed by his role in The Fighter, but I am happy he didn’t get an acting nomination, because it wasn’t really meant to be, in my opinion.

    However I think Amy Adams didn’t really deserve a nomination either. Bale and Leo definitely deserved there’s, but Adams was not anything special in the movie. I would have rather had Wahlberg with a nomination than Adams.

    • Zach

      Go away.

    • Cat

      Agree with everything you said, especially about Adams.

    • Steve

      Jealous of the pretty girl…how cute.

      • Josh

        Just because Rebecca’s opinion does not align with your own does not mean that you should automatically assume she is “jealous of the pretty girl.” By that logic, we could misconstrue your comments into jealousy or other petty emotions. If you enjoyed the movie, that’s great. But the implications of your juvenile behavior should be left unsaid. Just remember, everyone’s a critic, man.

    • Pittner

      I’ve never understood all the love for Amy Adams. I haven’t seen her be great in anything.

    • Nounours

      (DVD) After a mission gone awry, Marine snepir Bob Lee Swagger (Mark Wahlberg) now leads a solitary existence in the mountains of Wyoming. When he is called back to assist a covert military group (headed by Danny Glover) in determining how to pull off an assasination attempt, he soon discovers that he’s been set up in an elaborate ruse to take the fall. Hell hath no fury like a Marine scorned, and Swagger becomes a PO’ed two-man army (once he hooks up with disgraced FBI agent Michael Pena), determined to bring the real culprits to justice. Directd by Antoine Fuqua ( Training Day ), this high octane conspiracy thriller just doesn’t let up and will keep the viewer guessing. Though it’s pretty violent it’s well worth watching! My only drawback was having to hear Glover’s dialogue was it me or did he have some really ill-fitting dentures that provided him with the most annoying lisp. I was just waiting for them to fall out. Overall though, Glover has not given a more chilling performance since Witness, and Wahlberg who can also be pretty menacing, proves to be a great action hero. The DVD extras include a great behind the scenes segment featuring the technical advisor, himself a former military snepir, who provides insight into that occupation as well as the weapons used in the movie.

  • alex

    how about…screw “The Fighter”?

  • m

    Mark Whalberg sucks.
    Bale would’ve been up for best actor is marky mark hadn’t cut a bunch of his footage (he was a producer). He’s acts like a tough guy but his claim to fame is beating up an old lady. Real badass

  • Jess

    And say hi to your mother for me…

  • RR

    It’s not a snub. He was never expected to get a nomination and the majority of the reviews weren’t exactly kind to him.

  • UleTide

    Mark Wahlberg is always Mark Wahlberg in a film. There’s nothing about him that speaks actor!

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