Melissa Leo had a premonition about her f-bomb -- EXCLUSIVE

Melissa-LeoImage Credit: Michael Caulfield/“I did not write a speech. I hope I don’t regret that later on.” — Melissa Leo to EW, just hours before dropping the f-bomb during her Oscar acceptance speech.

Melissa Leo was hoping Amy Adams would take home the Oscar. When she told EW on the red carpet that she’d neglected to write a speech, she also said, “I hope that I will instead be clapping hysterically for Amy. She was so fantastic in that role. She just owned it, embodied it. It is a shame to be nominated against her, but if it came down to her and me, I want to hear her name.”

So fast-forward to the ceremony: When Kirk Douglas finally announced Leo as the Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress, the look on her face was one of utter disbelief, and her bubbling excitement on stage quickly revealed she wasn’t pretending to be modest on the red carpet. “Oh my, oh my God. Oh wow, really, really, really, really, really, truly wow,” she began, as she began to thank her colleagues from The Fighter and her family. “Okay. Yeah, I am kind of speechless. Golly sakes, there’s people up there too. When I watched Kate [Winslet] two years ago, it looked so f—ing easy!” (Leo later spent time in the press room apologizing for her less-than-PG choice of wording.)

There’s another reason Leo was likely grateful to pick up the award. On the red carpet, the actress also spoke to EW about the tribulations of being an older actress in Hollywood. “I know the harsh truths of my reality,” she said. “I am a 50-year-old woman in a town and a business that worships youth and perfection at practically any cost. But after Frozen River [the 2008 film that won Leo an Oscar nomination], things just picked up for me and have made 45-to-50 pretty sweet. I am getting great work offered to me. I am making friends. I feel good. In some ways, I feel like the luckiest middle-aged broad on the planet. But I also know that I am fighting for it and working very hard to be good at my job and to take advantage of all the opportunities I am given. And I try to remember to have a blast.” And anyone who watched Leo’s speech would have agreed: She did. (Reporting by Carrie Bell)

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  • Al

    Am I the only one who thought that she planned to say the f-word and just pretended it was a mistake?

    • bill

      I agree with you there….It seemed like she wanted her speech to be memorable, and what better way to accomplish that then by dropping an “accidental” f-bomb. Very classy woman.

      • Reena

        I agree it felt planned…and if she wanted Amy Adams to win then why did she do that campaign with her glammed up pics and CONSIDER to the academy she should have just kept quiet and see what happens then…i dont know her personally but even with the interviews I saw of her on the red carpet she seemed FULL OF HERSELF!

      • Derka

        Doubtful… Most of these celebrities couldn’t think themselves out of a wet paper bag, let alone plan an “accidental” curse as a PR stunt.

      • Meier

        Banksy paid her off to do it.

      • Meli

        Have to agree with Derka here, it wasn’t planned. But this and her taking out ads in the Trades campaigning for herself to win shows she has no respect whatsoever for the Academy. And how easily it slipped out shows her lack of respect for her family or the venue (the Oscars) in which she said it.

    • Melanie

      I felt the whole thing was completely disingenuous. Are we really expected to believe that she picked up all those other awards for playing this role, but she never considered she might score this one? Give me a break!

      • Agree

        Totally agree – how can you not expect it after she won so many others. At least a few notes, come one!

      • Agree

        I mean come on!

    • Claire

      She meant to say the ‘F###’ word; false modesty so hypocritical. She is an exceptional actor!!!

    • Khoff

      It’s possible. I mean, didn’t she win EVERY other award for which she was nominated? She couldn’t have been THAT surprised…

    • Lori R

      I felt the same way. It looked planned. The funny part was she did a terrible job acting it out!

      • Kate

        I agree. How ironic that she was accepting an award for acting and she couldn’t pull off that fake speech. That was a terrible performance and you could tell the whole thing was planned.

    • Ben

      She is very phony and I think she did it just to gain additional attention.

  • Karate Pants

    So let me get this straight. She invested all of her time and energy on that tacky, self-serving “Consider…” photo campaign – instead of putting together a tasteful acceptance speech? Because she thought she wouldn’t win? And instead, we end up with f-bombs and awkwardness?
    It’s fine, and I want to like her – I loved her in ‘The Fighter’ – but I think she’s nuts.

    • Karate Pus

      Karate Pants, you must have no job and spend all of your time on these blogs judging people because your life sucks. Who is self-serving and tacky?

      • Karate Pants

        MY life sucks? I think if you’re spending your time picking on commenters, it’s time to evaluate, Pus.

    • the world

      I agree, Melissia appears to be quite vulgar in real life

    • DFSF

      I was thinking the same thing as Karate. Her decolletage in those bizarre Consider ads really paid off.

    • jackie d

      Nicely said Karate Pants! And Pus – STFU!

    • Dee Meanor

      Agree with karate Pants and I also really want to like her but man that speech was difficult to sit through.


    MY,MY. Isn’t she special. She can say F##K on T.V. What talent!

  • Geo

    Sad she had to wait until the Oscar’s to show how trashy she is. Takes all kinds I suppose, even in Hollywood. Please some class for the sake of the children already.

    • AdultsArePeople

      Are you serious!?! For the sake of the children? They CAN watch something else, they won’t DIE from hearing a bleeped out word. Adults get to watch shows as well. Get a grip and have your kids watch something else.

      • Geo

        Are you so naive that you think children do not understand what the news says she is doing. Do you honestly want children emulating her conduct during church services on Sunday or in their class room. I for one do not think its cool when these so called super celebrities do stupid things and get alot of publicity glorifying what they did as being cool. It isnt cool and it is not our children need to use as role models. To me a good role model is someone who is out there working hard for their families and trying to give them the very best they can and making sacrifices for his children – not some movie star cursing or getting dui’s, going to jail for stupid things. Our kids have it hard enough already without these so called cool people influencing them with their brand of stupidity

      • Violet

        Honestly, I wouldn’t mind my children emulating this behavior, just so long as they don’t turn out to be a pretentious, hypocritical d-bag like Geo here.

      • Hombre

        Well said! I don’t think the preious children are going to turn to a life of crime because of an F-bomb! Get a grip people!

    • Tim

      Geo, with all due respect, that is just nuts. Get help.

  • Q

    A celebratory f-bomb isn’t the end of the world. It may have actually been the best moment of the Oscars, simply because it was natural and human in a sea of awkward artificial scripting.


      Like hell it was natural It was only for PUBLICITY. What a foul mouthed DOU##CH BAG.

      • jumbybird

        Thank you

      • stinkfistula

        Bet your enthusiastic BJ’s are natural wonders.

  • Sarah

    It was my favorite moment of the Oscars – totally an honest reaction. As to “class for the sake of the children”, the Oscars aren’t designed for children – what children have seen the movies that were nominated for Best Picture?

    • staceykay

      Lots of them saw Toy Story 3…

    • Jean Genie

      I watched the Oscars when I was a kid in the 70s. The world has changed, though …

    • LAB

      You’re right…… the Academy Awards/Oscars weren’t designed for children, but children were present at the event. I wonder if the school choir (4th and 5th graders) that performed at the end of the Oscars were privy to her foul language?

  • Sandra

    Definitely not the first or last time we will hear the f bombs on prime time TV.

  • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

    Seriously, Melissa Leo? You made those pathetic ads in the hopes that Amy Adams would win? She was completely fake. Every other actress in her category deserved to win more than her.

  • s-k-s

    I’ve loved her since she played Kay Howard on Homicide (and I’m aging myself there) … and its so lovely to see an older actress break through playing strong, tough women at this age.

    All that said, her speech was terribly fake-sounding. It was prepared “spontaneity” and came off as inauthentic and awful. Hope she returns to great acting soon!

  • Sue

    Her saying the word is not my problem with her. It’s that she was clearly feigning surprise when she won. The “shock” was bad acting and the “oops, I said a bad word” was totally fake. Even my 11 year old daughter thought so.

    • Ian McIntyre

      Well if your 11 yr old daughter said so, then we should all take your kid’s word as truth.

      • Meli

        Don’t laugh–kids know BS when they see it. That’s why you shouldn’t do things as a teenager that your future teenagers can throw back in your face later.

  • Molly

    Way to make a fool out of yourself on national TV, Melissa. Drop the f-bomb. Classy.

    • Turn it pawn

      No less classy than when your mom wouldn’t honor the two-tricks-for-the-price-of-one coupons she gave out for the holidays. THAT is bad form!

      • Ricardo Soto


      • Jean Genie

        Molly & Turn It: grow the f### up.

  • Erin

    I’m really starting to not like Melissa Leo. That whole thing was so phony. And does she really expect people to believe that she wanted Amy to win after her whole “consider…” campaign? Give me a break.

    • JT

      I was just about to write the same thing but you beat me to it. Phony indeed.

  • harry

    WOW!!! Nothing but haters on this board.

    • Harry D0uche

      Who wants to join me in hating harry?

    • Jackson

      Im with you Harry. A disproportionate amount of vitriol for Leo.

    • Jean Genie

      I also think enough is enough … the woman was caught up in the moment.

  • TeamCoCo

    Conan O’brien should give her a special award from his show.

  • subotai

    I agree that it was on purpose…..but I’d like to know why there are no articles about James Franco’s dreadful attempt at hosting. It was awful!

    • Tim

      Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars. James Franco, talented guy that he is, was not really present.

    • Meli

      You didn’t see the other six articles on this website talking about his performance before you posted this?

    • Jean Genie

      Sorry, but I also think they were a couple of nerds. I’ve already read plenty of articles about how annoying/creepy/whatever Franco was on stage. Some people I know think he was strung out on gawd knows what …

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