Amy Adams received her third Oscar nomination for playing Charlene Fleming in The Fighter.
The Fighter is based on a true story, yet it is riddled with cliches. There is nothing new on display and nothing to be taken away from the film, other then someone can overcome the odds with the help of the people who had once brought him down. Whatever problems I might have with The Fighter, the Academy surely had no problems with - this is the kind of true to life story they eat up.
It's even more great when her tough facade begins to wear off as she falls more in love with Mark Wahlberg's Mickey. She becomes the driving force behind him, often fighting with his family and her own intentions. Out of everyone in the cast, Amy Adams is the only one who escapes all the stereotypes that the other actors played on. However, my problem with her performance is how sentimental and almost dumb the character is played out. She lives only to satisfy Mickey, even though she's tough as nails - and it's unfortunate she is given the dumbest lines out of everyone in the movie.