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Posted at 9:26 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Melissa Leo drops the F-bomb in Oscar acceptance speech

By Liz Kelly


Well, there may not be a best actress Oscar curse, but there is now officially a cursing best supporting actress.

Melissa Leo, who won for her role in "The Fighter," was so overcome by her win that she dropped the F bomb during her acceptance speech. Which may just be a first for the Academy Awards. And in the press room after stepping off stage, Leo admitted the Kodak Theater and a live broadcast was probably not the appropriate venue for the f-bomb.

"Those words, I apologize to anyone they offend," said Leo, as tweeted by our own Jen Chaney. "There is a great deal of the English language in my vernacular."

Kathy Griffin's 2007 Emmy acceptance speech was cut from the broadcast when the comedienne said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus."

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By Liz Kelly  | February 27, 2011; 9:26 PM ET
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Thank God & The Washington Post we can't drop "the f-bomb" here at the Mecca of Free Speech!

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | February 27, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

When is there going to be a catagory for the worst trash in Hollywood. Never probably, too many candidates for it. Let's start with garbage mouth Leo. I nominate her. This is why I stopped watching the Oscars and most network tv and I stopped going to the movies or renting them. I have saved lots of money and do not miss any of it one bit.

Posted by: susn127 | February 27, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Who the f is Leo anyhow? Another flash in the pan piece of trash.

Posted by: freepost | February 27, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Jackson: call your office you've been one upped! "Mouth malfunction"!

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | February 27, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

...more california trailer trash...

Posted by: HenryButler | February 27, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of more important news tonight. Isn't Lindsay Lohan doing or saying anything interesting this weekend?

Posted by: bdbd1 | February 27, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I suppose she was just telling us what she had to do to get the part.

Posted by: erodrik | February 27, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

No class trash.

Posted by: temperbay | February 27, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

When ever a Celeb drops the ? Bomb, they are trying too hard. That alsop usually meand=s NO TALENT and a down hill climb is going on. The Financiers usually don't take well to the slutty talk.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | February 27, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Huh? F-bombs don't get dropped but if you thank Jesus it gets cut? The country is comatose- elect Conservative Republicans before it is too late- if it isn't already.

Posted by: Legion57 | February 27, 2011 10:24 PM | Report abuse

When the low-rent president of the USA uses the same 'colorful' language and the press acts like it's-so-cute-when-he-does-it, why should we expect any better from liberal Hollywood lowlifes? One has to reach up to touch rock-bottom of the behavioral standards in this country these days.

Posted by: gobnait06 | February 27, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The Oscars were tonight? Who would have guessed?!

Posted by: HuckPituey | February 27, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Melissa Leo has been acting continually since the mid-1980's. Her biggest role before The Fighter was on Homicide: Life on the Street, which she should have won an Emmy for! So, she's no flash in the pan. She's also not California trailer trash; she's from New York City. And susn127,why are you commenting on a celebrity blog when obviously you have better things to do than to pay attention to all of this. Thanks for sharing your opinion and go crawl back under that rock you live under!

Posted by: polyalum | February 27, 2011 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Well, you can tell by the human wastes posting here that this story is linked to the Sludge Report.

Posted by: WinstonSmith7 | February 27, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from the leading edge of reprobation?
It is all about getting attention and not quality acting.

Posted by: asmrbd | February 27, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Low class. Hey. Work on your elbows and upper arms... they're sagging

Posted by: pastormikeb68 | February 27, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Just what we need - another celebutard.

Posted by: freebornditizen | February 27, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Coarse and low class poke...What's "Jesus" got to do with her?

Posted by: pastormikeb68 | February 27, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Melissa Leo has been one of the best and most under-appreciated actresses working in the last several decades. She first came to my attention in "Homicide: Life on the Street", where she played the remarkable character Detective Kay Howard.

I know she was nominated two years ago for a little-known film that I have not seen. And I have not yet seen "The Fighter". But I happy that her talent and her hard work are being recognized, and I hope that her tiny faux-pas in a moment of exuberance will not be judged too harshly.

Posted by: JBaustian | February 27, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

It's not beautiful, and it's really irritating to people who grew up in a more intelligent age. Unless you're a part time stevedore at the docks you probably shouldn't blow your mouth off in front of the whole watching world with the single most ignorant word in the English language.

Posted by: hrow | February 27, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Now I remember why I quit watching this annual lovefest between the narcissists and the people who worship them.
Ten years from now, this girl will be remembered for this, and not as a result of her talent.
In today's Hollywood, unlike the past when they produced real actors, you're "here today, gone tomorrow."
And, I might add, justifiably so.
Wonder how much the ratings will have dropped from last year.

Posted by: Rocks66 | February 27, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Probably not her most shining moment, but, given her body of work, I'm willing to forgive her a gaffe. LOL, like it's my place to forgive anyone.

As others have stated, her work in "Homicide: Life on the Streets" was remarkable. She deserves to be recognized.

Posted by: BEEPEE | February 27, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

We need to cut her a little slack. That last transaction with her cocaine and meth dealer probably didn't go to well.

Posted by: kentex1146 | February 27, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

So fed up with the trash of Hollywood and their liberal elitist view we did not bother with it, why should we? Most of them or nothing but glorified tramps and pimps, they have nothing but disdain for common America.

Posted by: ANDREAMN | February 27, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Something idendifying itself as WinstonSmith7 said "Well, you can tell by the human wastes posting here that this story is linked to the Sludge Report". Maybe it should have stayed with the pervert link to which it ususally is connected.

Posted by: phalloides | February 27, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Why don't they have a 30 second tape delay? When the actors start slamming Democrats and especially Obama, THEY WILL!

Posted by: JoshinFahaheel | February 27, 2011 11:35 PM | Report abuse

So, polyalum, she's experienced New York trailer trash, you say. Not flash-in-the-pan California trailer trash. Uh, OK.

Posted by: grundoon | February 27, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: wsaex | February 27, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Reagan was a Hollywood elite too. Please remember that while you conservatives are insulting everyone in the film industry.

Posted by: johnpatricio | February 27, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

I saw her and thought , dayum , Marjorie Main came back to life. Never heard Ma Kettle drop the F-bomb though.

Posted by: Lenn2 | February 27, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Why its a regular BKD here in celebritology land. Carried out, as usual, by folks who think they are oh so much better than celebrities, but still take the time to read a post about celebrities AND comment on it. Hey, why don't you all go back to finding the cure for cancer and leave the rest of us alone?

Posted by: epjd | February 27, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

It is very popular nowadays to say "I am sorry to whomever was offended". That is not an apology, as in "this is no venue for vulgarity and I apologize".

Posted by: rushyoungberg | February 27, 2011 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Way to totally blow it!


Posted by: JoshinFahaheel | February 27, 2011 11:58 PM | Report abuse

wsaex, thank you for sharing with us what a fat useless loser thinks. You're too fat to sit in theater seats anyway, so there's no point in going for you, fatso.

Posted by: taonima2000 | February 27, 2011 11:58 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: fredlevy | February 28, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Thank God & The Washington Post we can't drop "the f-bomb" here at the Mecca of Free Speech!


Oh but you are wrong. The Washpo only prints the f-bomb if a conservative politician says it.

Liberal politicians (Biden) and Liberal Hollywood type are never called out for it by printing their exact quotes.

Posted by: BornLongAgo | February 28, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

The 7-second delay worked on FIOS/Tampa.

It wasn't bleeped; it was just silenced.

Posted by: MadamDeb | February 28, 2011 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Trailer park white trash. Hope to never see this non-entity ever again.

Posted by: gozerzuul | February 28, 2011 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I am perplexed that on a blog that celebrates the big day of the year for Hollywood folks, the majority of comments are from people who hate Hollywood. Seems strange....

Posted by: justmike | February 28, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

What a bore. There's a much better show going on in Washington, DC. It stars Barry Soetoro ans it's named "..Amateur Nite At The Bijou." But he is so inventive.

While the Brits and Germans sent warplanes to get their nationals out, we sent an old Staten island ferry. Very quaint and very "Americana."

Posted by: fregameeate | February 28, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

A has been operation. The Oscars was great when we had few tv channels, but now that we have many and we've seen so much death and corruption among the so called stars, the allure is off the rose.

Watching Hollywood pat Hollywood on the back makes is very boring.

Posted by: Tracey12 | February 28, 2011 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Just another unknown class-less broad from Hollyweird!!

Posted by: Carrieann2 | February 28, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Its far more entertaining to watch the bumbling maneuvers of Obama and friends.
They are destroying the US dollar as fast as they can by printing trillions they no longer can borrow.
What a bunch! Will we have a country by the time they are booted out of office?

Posted by: Tracey12 | February 28, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

"I am perplexed that on a blog that celebrates the big day of the year for Hollywood folks, the majority of comments are from people who hate Hollywood. Seems strange...." Really Mike? It's quite simple: This is a message board where folks are invited to proffer an opinion. Are you yet another liberal who hates free speech?

Posted by: gobnait06 | February 28, 2011 1:08 AM | Report abuse

oh for heaven's sake..all these hateful comments here calling her 'trash' etc. are ridiculous. the woman is an extremely talented actress who deserved her award.
so the woman, in a moment of excitement, spoke naturally and used a 'naughty' word...grow up, folks!

Posted by: elpolacko | February 28, 2011 1:55 AM | Report abuse

oh for heaven's sake..all these hateful comments here calling her 'trash' etc. are ridiculous. the woman is an extremely talented actress who deserved her award.
so the woman, in a moment of excitement, spoke naturally and used a 'naughty' word...grow up, folks!

Posted by: elpolacko | February 28, 2011 1:56 AM | Report abuse

The best thing about Wackyworld is that it has sooooo much class! The worst thing about Wackyworld is that they promote this classlessness to the rest of the world!

Posted by: nightwriter9991 | February 28, 2011 2:10 AM | Report abuse

Typical liberal Hollywood scum. I can't remember the last time I watched the Oscars, honest to God. I remember my skin crawling so many times, I just couldn't stand it anymore. These self-important buckets of subhuman fecal swill hold no interest whatsoever to me. They always open their public-schooled, Marin County mouths, and shove a foot up to the ankle. They make me puke.

Posted by: ConanTheRepublican | February 28, 2011 2:55 AM | Report abuse

... and what is so important about 8:45m WP? Your title says "Actress Drops 'F bomb' on Broadcast TV at 8:45 PM. Is the time significant or was it another rule that you libs just broke and you are so thrilled about it that you actually had to state the exact time it happened? Just one more chink on the armour once called America... aren't you sooooo proud of your destruction of our civil society! No rules! Just imagine the anarchy... yes... just imagine it, you stupid fools!

Posted by: nightwriter9991 | February 28, 2011 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes you make snap judgements on people because you don't like their names , I know its not right but we all can't help it. In this case case never liked her for any other reason than I thought her name sounded stupid. I'll be darned if I wasn't right anyhow.

Posted by: fe59 | February 28, 2011 3:03 AM | Report abuse

The old apology "to anyone who was offended." Well, everyone was offended.

This reeks of a dimwitted ploy for some extra free press. Well, it worked. She came off as tasteless, tacky, and rude. And straight to the D-list.

What was her name again?

Posted by: MGordon514 | February 28, 2011 3:29 AM | Report abuse

I really don't care what these wannabes say at the OSCARs. Actually I've never heard of Ms. Leo or "The Fighter" which was obviously another self congratulatory win by the Hollywood "in crowd". The only time I see the Oscars is when Joan Rivers does her snarking commentary about the Red Carpet. Far more entertaining than the actual show if you ask me.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | February 28, 2011 3:42 AM | Report abuse

Profanity is nothing but words that spout forth from an empty head, searching for expression.

Posted by: echocharlie03 | February 28, 2011 4:41 AM | Report abuse

Hasn't this become a Hollywood ploy? Its either a boob exposed, a dress that shows too much getting out of the car, or a nasty word that suddenly flies from the lips of a starlet. Yes, it sure seems like its all a publicity scam.

Posted by: Tracey12 | February 28, 2011 5:21 AM | Report abuse

If she can't control her filthy mouth on stage at the OSCARS, can you IMAGINE what she sounds like in private?

Posted by: numag | February 28, 2011 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Typical Hollywood Actress, not capable of using her mind to create words of thought, only words of foul language, thank goodness Ms. Foul Mouth Leo will not be in many more roles in the future. She is too old and inacapable of proper expression, prehaps Hollywood will create a potty mouth movie for her as a grandmother, but for now she is just another example of how bad Hollywood has become and needs reformed.

Posted by: agmines | February 28, 2011 5:33 AM | Report abuse

What a small event this has become. Small movies with small actors. Can you imagine Gregory Peck or Charltan Heston ever doing that ? Can't watch these self promoting idiots anymore!

Posted by: bkulls | February 28, 2011 5:47 AM | Report abuse

No decorum...modern day Hollywood in a nutshell... I long for the days when celebrities had some class (at least in public) and actually loved the country that gave them so much.

Posted by: gv416 | February 28, 2011 5:48 AM | Report abuse

I watched for about 10 minutes and turned it off.Hollywood has degenerated into a collection of self absorbed,egomaniacs who are really boring.I watched the segment where they trotted out a once great actor,Kirk Douglas who looked awful and sounded worse.

Posted by: bowspray | February 28, 2011 6:00 AM | Report abuse

The important thing is does she have a nice bod and a not unattractive face.

Posted by: mjazz | February 28, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

hollywood trash.

That's redundant.

Posted by: Nobama__in___2012 | February 28, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Here's the deal. If anyone thinks using the F-Bomb, or any other language in that category is going to get them into heaven, think again. If you won't be allowed to say it up there, you should't be saying it down here. We're going to have accountability for every thing we say. O.K. Now you can start with the "conservative whacko" comments about my post.

Posted by: sporster | February 28, 2011 6:39 AM | Report abuse

hollywood trash.

That's redundant.

Posted by: Nobama__in___2012 | February 28, 2011 6:40 AM | Report abuse

First, Melissa Who?

Second, this is why the Oscar's are so irrelevant. BFD, so to speak.

Posted by: BarryBinInhalin | February 28, 2011 7:34 AM | Report abuse

In America there are such cultural elites as Leo who pipe their refuse onto middle America. Leo's refuse, more vile and repulsive than what she sends to the treatment plant is piped through her lips and exemplifies the ignorance and disrespect her ilk have for those paying the bills.

Posted by: discipler | February 28, 2011 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Franco neither reminded me of Marilyn or Madonna. The VERY FIRST celebrity that popped into my mind upon seeing him walk on stage was that of the late Anna Nicole Smith. Not very exciting I realize, but tis the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me GOD!

Posted by: Nikkofly | February 28, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: echocharlie03....Profanity is nothing but words
Speaking of empty heads, that was OBSCENITY not PROFANITY....look it up! ;o)

At ay rate, todays actors are very similar to todays "journalists". They can do and say things that are forbidden to we, the very common unwashed masses.

Posted by: erodrik | February 28, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Must have been a bad night for a lot of people based on all the trash talk here. I think most people watch the oscars 'cause they have so little else in their life - and then can't wait to go racing to the blogs to put everyone down. Get a life! She won an Oscar. You didn't and never will. Easy solution to all this. Stop watching. Get a job or do something instead of putting others down. Geeze you're a bunch of unhappy people. Think about it. Now - complain about me.....ya got nothing else to do.

Posted by: dprosser1 | February 28, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

No class.

Posted by: Tankshu | February 28, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a typical network (I quit watching them 35 years ago)due to their poitical bias (NBC, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, CNN) and their "wardrobe malfunctions", Letterman's rape jokes and admitting to sexually harassing his staff, the pyschotic Chris Matthews, Dan Rather who "invented" news about a sitting President, Katie Couric who tweets 2 1/2 days in advance that the Egyptian President left, Charlie Sheen and his admittance that he can handle crack and frequents porn stars, and so on. May I have the envelope; the winner is: Dan Rather for his announcement on the Chris Matthews show that, "Obama couldn't sell watermelons on the side of the road, if a State Trooper were stopping traffic."
Honorable mention to Couric whose salary is being cut from $15 million per year (lol) to $5 million, see ya.

Posted by: Chippy55 | February 28, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

With 100 million or so viewers, Melissa Leo throwing out the F-bomb was inexcusable. She obviously knew it was getting bleeped and she certainly considered beforehand what she would say if she won. Self-indulgent and obnoxious.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 28, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Things like that are what you say when you don't have enough sense to say what's appropriate..... Many of these individuals would be better served if they were not granted access to live microphones.

Posted by: SirTennyson | February 28, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

"A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had less to do with this award than Jesus" - and YOUR POINT IS? You love your sin more than the Lord - then why not say so without swearing - repent and believe He loves you

Posted by: jackspratt1 | February 28, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm actually surprised that such non-news elicited so many comments. Doesn't seem like much of a big deal to me.

Posted by: forgetthis | February 28, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jack Spratt...and other just so happens that the "F" word is one of the most versatile words in the English language. It can be a noun, verb, adjective, even, creatively, an adverb... It's really nothing to be scared of...

And in any event, the words were bleeped for folks like you, who swallowed your parents' Kool-Aid about the Bible, rather than using your brain and realizing that it's a compilation of writings chosen by a Council, not a divinely-inspired message from an imaginary being... The Catholics have their own collection, which includes writings not included in the "regular" Bible....but somehow, everyone knows best what God told someone else thousands of years ago...and thank "God" they remembered everything word-for-word...

I really feel sorry for folks who believe in that stuff (I was raised with it and went to church for decades, and heard all the "repent and give your heart to the Lord" stuff...).

It IS hard to start using your own brain, as the folks who teach this have invented every possible antidote to independent thinking you can come up with (i.e., "no, it's not enough to be a 'good person,' you must believe in JESUS and him alone - it says so in the Bible...").

I've become a much kinder and loving person since I stopped reading the Bible, much less judgmental and critical...

As for Ms. Leo, she does come across as trailer-trash...but from other posters' comments here, she's apparently quite an accomplished actress...

Posted by: juraski | February 28, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Yo Polyalum! OK, so she's not California trailer trash. She's a New York guttersnipe. They are first cousins and mate together...regularly.

Posted by: kemasabe | February 28, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I have never watched one of these self-aggrandizing festivals.
Hollyweird slimers have no appeal for me.
They are preachers of the new Humanist faith and I do not want to be preached to.

Posted by: ValleyForge1 | February 28, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Use of the word itself is no big deal... but it simply shows what Hollywood has become over recent decades: No Class!

Posted by: STomPayne | February 28, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

For centuries, actors have been regarded as lowlifes. Nothing's changed.

Posted by: WilliamPenn | February 28, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Another high school dropout who took drama classes. What is so awarding about memorizing lines and standing on a taped 'X' on the floor? Oh, yeah. You get as many chances to get it right as the several million dollar budget will allow.

Posted by: beefrank | February 28, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Melissa Leo proved last night that her role as a white trash mother in Frozen River was not an act after all.

Posted by: jeclose | February 28, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Look, I knew something trashy was going to happen the moment I saw her. It does take one to know one and I am one. However, let's face it... it was bleeped on ABC, it was one of life's rare moments so she may have in fact been quite nervous, and she knows she screwed up. I'm sure no one who's gotten all judgy on here has ever let profanity slip from their delicate lips at just the wrong, high-stress moment. How about serving a little forgiveness with the side-eye here.

Posted by: JOKR715 | February 28, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Her acceptance speech was inappropriate and classless. This was on a non-cable network, where children could watch it. If she's in another movie, I'll make a point of not going to see it.

Posted by: LuvDCArea | February 28, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

So she said a curse word on TV. Big freaking deal, people! She was super excited to win and lost her cool. If you have ever won a some kind of top honor you would know how nervous she must have been last night. Stop berating her for using a curse word we all hear regularly on cable shows, on the street, in shops, in movies, bars, fast food restaurants, and the list goes on.
On a side note, why in the world would they censor Kathy's speech? Whether or not she believes in Jesus, God or anything else and EXPRESSES this disbelief should not be offensive to anyone who does believe. Even if she meant it to be derogatory or satirical it still should not have been censored. Last I checked the Pope does not run the U.S. nor the media.

Posted by: natasha7 | February 28, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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