BOTTOM OF THE 9TH FOR DAVID O. RUSSELL

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Posted on January 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Director David O. Russell, a die-hard baseball fan, likens awards show season to his favorite sport.

"It is a blessing if you're even in the game," he said before Sunday's Golden Globe awards. "You do have to get through every inning. This is an important inning. Anything can happen, you just have to believe in your picture from the heart."

As a big New York Yankees fan, the "American Hustle" director said he was saddened to see Alex Rodriguez banned from baseball for a year over allegations involving performance-enhancing drugs.

"I'm glad they finally got steroids out of cinema," he joked.

"Alfonso Cuaron was juicing this season," he said of his fellow director, nominated for the film "Gravity."

"It's obvious if you've seen 'Gravity,'" Russell added.

— Beth Harris — Twitter: www.twitter.com/bethharrisap

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