Oscars: Melissa Leo says her campaign wasn't a campaign
Supporting actress winner Melissa Leo was thrust into the headlines this season after she took out trade-paper advertisements touting her performance in "The Fighter." It was an unorthodox move — particularly for a front-runner — but Leo was unapologetic when questioned about it backstage after she won. When a reporter asked if she felt vindicated, she volleyed back, tersely: "There's nothing to vindicate. There was no campaign. It was a photo in a magazine."
— Steven Zeitchik
Photo: Presenter Kirk Douglas shakes hands with actress Melissa Leo after she won the Oscar for actress in a supporting role for her performace in 'The Fighter.' Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.