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Oscars: Melissa Leo wins for supporting actress

Leo Melissa Leo won the Oscar for supporting actress for her performance in “The Fighter” at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night. It is the first Oscar win for the 50-year-old Leo, who plays the overbearing mother-manager of a boxer. Leo also won the Golden Globe, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

Leo was competing against her “Fighter” costar Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter for “The King’s Speech,” Jacki Weaver for “Animal Kingdom” and Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit.”

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Photo: Melissa Leo accepts her Oscar from Kirk Douglas. Credit: Associated Press


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Classless act.

I would have taken short odds it would be that Grit girl.

Melissa Leo ......what a pathetic potty mouth. Absolutely no class. Too bad an actress like her brought low class shame on such a wonderful event.

One of the most wonderful performances I've ever seen. Ms Leo's simultaneous evocation of her character's ferocity of love and ferocity of destructiveness to the ones she loves was awe inspiring. In life, and in the movies, as she showed us, the sublime and the debased can reside in the same place.


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