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Oscars: Melissa Leo says her campaign wasn't a campaign

February 27, 2011 |  6:46 pm

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.