Actress Melissa Leo arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Melissa Leo (Getty Images) Just three years after being nominated for her first Oscar, Melissa Leo has won, taking home the statue for her work in The Fighter.
Leo was nominated in 2008 for her work in Frozen River, but it was her turn as brassy Boston mother Alice Ward that truly won over critics. Leo had already won the Golden Globe and Broadcast Film Critics award this season.
Holding her trophy, the 50-year-old Leo thanked presenter Kirk Douglas. Leo said she was "shaking in her boots" as she accepted the award. She thanked her co-stars in the movie and her family before doing her best to hold herself together. "I really am so speechless," she said before unleashing some edited-out profanities.
She stumbled through the rest of her speech before thanking the Academy "because it's about selling motion pictures, and respecting the work."
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were held February 27, 2011 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the festivities, which honored the best films of 2010. The Kings Speech went into the evening leading the pack with 12 nominations, while True Grit, Inception, and The Social Network followed close behind.
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