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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Oscar controversy watch: Melissa Leo's glamorous pleas for a trophy

By The Reliable Source

Melissa Leo is going all-out for an Oscar. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

It wouldn't be a proper Academy Awards season without a drumbeat of nominee controversy, would it? Today's lightning rod: Melissa Leo, who shocked some in Hollywood by taking out ads urging academy members to give her the Best Supporting Actress trophy.

Leo glammed up for the photos she placed in showbiz trade publications -- a contrast with the brassy, bouffant-ed working-class mom she plays in "The Fighter." While production companies typically hype their own movies and talent, it's unusual for an actor to pay for these kinds of ads, and observers have buzzed that the veteran actress, 50, could suffer backlash from voters. We couldn't reach Leo, but she told Hollywood Reporter that she's just trying to stay competitive in a race that could boost her career: "All this is sorta unfamiliar to me. . . but it might mean more work, so that's interesting."

See earlier: Actress Melissa Leo, of 'Treme' and 'Frozen River,' talks about her career, Style, May 30, 2010

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By The Reliable Source  | February 9, 2011; 7:00 PM ET
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