I honestly doubt that anyone else is going to stand a fighting chance against her for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on February 27th but Melissa Leo isn't taking any chances.
The 50-year old actress who has been nominated for her role as Alice Ward in THE FIGHTER has been using her own money to campaign for an Oscar win with splashy "For Your Consideration" shots in publications such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Citing a problem with ageism in the Hollywood community, Leo went on record to defend the move by saying, “I took matters into my own hands. I knew what I was doing and told my representation how earnest I was about this idea. I had never heard of any actor taking out an ad as themselves and I wanted to give it a shot. I am quite certain I have not overstepped any boundaries of the Academy. I did hear a lot of very positive comments, particularly from women of a certain age who happen to act for a living and happen to understand full well the great dilemma and mystery of getting a cover of a magazine. I also heard there were negative comments, but no one said them to my face, sadly. I like to hear what people think. I could explain myself."
Leo was previously nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2009 for her role in FROZEN RIVER. She lost to Kate Winslet in THE READER. So far Melissa is the woman to beat, having already taken home statues from other awards circuits such as the Golden Globes.
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