Melissa Leo won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in “The Fighter,” rounding out her awards season tour with the big Oscar win. But she also made history by dropping an F-bomb in her acceptance speech, which is the first one in Academy Award telecast history.
Oh my, oh my God. Oh wow really, really, really, really,
really, truly wow. I know there’s a lot of people that said a lotta real
real nice things to me for several months now, but I’m just shaking in
my boots here. Ok, alright. Thank you David O. Russell. I want to thank
the actors, Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, he might run out for a
second, Amy, my sweet sister Adams, Jack, our lovely daughters. OK.
Yeah, I am kind of speechless. Golly sakes, there’s people up there too.
When I watched Kate two years ago, it looked so [EXPLETIVE DELETED].
Alice Ward, your beautiful family that opened your hearts. I saw Mick
here earlier. Dick, a shout out for Nana? Alright Dick’s not in the
Thank you so much, opening your hearts to all of us to make this film. I
thanked David, I’ll thank him again. My family, my beautiful son who is
traveling right now in South America and can’t join me. It’s ok, I’m ok
Jack. My Mom and my Dad and my brother and my friends and my family. I
want to thank the very most of all, the Academy of Motion Picture
Sciences, the Board of Governors, and all their members, whom many of
you are here today. This has been a extraordinary journey in getting to
know what the Academy is about and first and foremost, thank you
Academy, because it’s about selling motion pictures and respecting the
work! Thank you so much.
Backstage, she was asked about her on-air oops:
Q: “I wanted you to win for ‘Frozen [River],’ so it’s awesome
to see you back here. And I applaud you for taking your character from
the movie on stage, dropping what I think is the first ever F bomb in
the Oscars. How does that feel?”
Leo: “I had no idea. Those words, I apologize to anyone that they offend. There’s a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular.”
Q: “I thought it was wonderful.”
Leo: “I really don’t mean to offend, and probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word in particular.”
Hee. It’s OK, Melissa. We thought it was fairly wonderful too. We were hoping Trent Reznor would take a page out of your book and say in his acceptance speech that he wanted to [EXPLETIVE DELETED] the academy like an animal.
And P.S. – in case you were wondering, the Kate she was referring to was Kate Winslet, who won Best Actress in 2009 for “The Reader.”