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Oscars: Jacki Weaver knew she wasn't the favorite, 'and that's OK' [Video]

February 28, 2011 | 11:30 am

Jacki Weaver, the Australian "Animal Kingdom" actress previously unknown to most American moviegoers, knew she had a slim chance of winning Sunday's supporting actress prize.

So, on the red carpet at the Oscars, she had a message for all of her fans Down Under:

"I want to say to them, don't be disappointed if I don't win. And I probably won't, because I'm an outsider," she said, still in good spirits. "But I feel like I've gone to the Olympic games and got into the finals, and that's good enough."

With pundits predicting Melissa Leo was a lock in the category, we wondered: Did the awards process ever make Weaver feel bad?

"It doesn't bother me, because I think in this kind of thing, it's anyone's guess," she said. "And I know I'm not the favorite, and that's OK."

-- Amy Kaufman