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Oscar nominations: Amy Adams toughens up

January 25, 2011 | 10:30 am

"It’s a nice sound to wake up to the phone ringing on Oscar day," says Amy Adams of learning about her Oscar nomination as best supporting actress for "The Fighter," a nod she shares with co-star Melissa Leo. "I’m just so grateful to be in this film -– that’s the thing that’s most meaningful to me, that people were so passionate about getting it made."

The role seems so out of character for the often sunny actress, how did she go about preparing for it?

Director David O. Russell "actually had me watch 'Raging Bull' -– he wanted me to watch De Niro. He said he wanted me to be that tough."

She did need to be tough. As Charlene, the fiancee of Mark Wahlberg's boxer character, who is heavily manipulated by his family, Adams had to stand up for herself -- and him.

"Charlene is someone fighting to create a better life for herself and her man. She believes he has great potential and his family is holding him back."



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Photo: Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams in "The Fighter." Credit: JoJo Whilden/Paramount