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Oscars: Melissa Leo apologizes for swearing

February 27, 2011 |  6:52 pm

Melissa Leo offered one of the most spontaneous moments of tonight's Academy Awards when she dropped an f-bomb during her acceptance speech for supporting actress. But the 50-year-old said she didn't necessarily want to draw attention to herself that way.

Backstage, she told reporters she was sorry she let a swear word slip out. "Those words — I apologize to anyone if they were offended," she said. "There’s a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular." She went on to call it "an inappropriate place to use that word in particular."

The f-word is particularly on the minds of filmgoers this season — the rating for "The King's Speech" was just downgraded to a PG-13 after the Weinstein Co. removed a few swear words from a key scene with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush.

— Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Melissa Leo goes colorful as she accepts her supporting actress Oscar. Credit: Associated Press.

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I'm already tired of this woman. She needs to go back into relative obscurity.

In my normal, day to day speaking, I throw "the f word" around quite freely. But you know what? If I were accepting an ACADEMY AWARD, I'd manage to show a little restraint. Celebrities these days don't know the meaning of the word class.


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