This year's Best Supporting Actress Award went to Melissa Leo, who plays an overbearing matriarch desperate to turn her sons' boxing careers into the family's meal ticket in The Fighter
. Like Colin, Melissa was also named as an odds-on favorite to win, but she says she played a little trick on herself so the buzz wouldn't get to her. "From all those years of going to auditions...[I learned to] leave and forget about it. I learned how to play a mind game with myself," she says.
In fact, Melissa was so blown away by her first Oscar win that she had a little slip-up: According to the Academy, she was the first person in Oscar history to drop the F-word during an acceptance speech. "I find that shocking!" Melissa says. "I grew up with it as a part of my vernacular. I accepted it as that, I brought my son up that way...but I also told him, 'Not in front of grandma!'"
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Published on February 28, 2011