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Making case for Oscar nominees as sports movies

Updated: January 25, 2011, 5:00 PM ET
By Patrick Dorsey

Oscar loves him a boxing movie. "Rocky" and "Million Dollar Baby" won Best Picture. "Raging Bull" got eight nominations, including one for the top prize. Now "The Fighter" is the latest to enter the ring (sorry), as the Mark Wahlberg-starring, David O. Russell-helmed flick -- about real-life boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his wayward half-brother Dicky Eklund -- has become a contender (sorry again) after snagging seven Academy Award nominations Tuesday morning.

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