The Director of THE FIGHTER David O. Russell is not very well liked in Hollywood. For years there have been rumors that nobody would work with him because of his tantrums. He directed I HEART HUCKABEES and his raving rant at Lily Tomlin went viral. (see link below). While working on his latest film NAILED James Caan walked off the set and quit. George Clooney got in to a fist fight with him during the filming of THE THREE KINGS. It is possible that the Academy dislikes him enough to completely shut him out of any nominations, or at least Best Director nomination for THE FIGHTER.
LINK TO RUSSELL TANTRUM