Lost My Mouth’s Slip!

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The 83rd Academy Awards proved to be a success with its 71.3 million viewers (TV the By Numbers). With hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the event carried the audience through segments of humor and prestige.

The Oscars began with a 5-minute video of Franco and Hathaway trekking through the scripts of 2010 films‒literally. One scene showed the pair in a scene from the 4-time winner film Inception. To add to the hilarity of the opener, Alec Baldwin, last year’s host, was asked to join the project.

The show panned out smoothly with seemingly no hiccups‒except one. Melissa Leo dropped the first reported swear in the history of the event. According to Entertainment Weekly, Leo had no expectation of winning. Announced as the Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter, Leo reacted in utter disbelief. She had no speech written, causing her to become a victim of impromptu speaking.

“When I watched Kate [Winslet] two years ago, it looked so f—ing easy!”

It was clear she had no intention of saying the word. She later apologized.

“I apologize to anyone that they offend. There is a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular,” Leo said.

Swear or not, Leo still went home a success.


3 responses to “Lost My Mouth’s Slip!

  1. How embarrassing! It’s kind of sad that she didn’t think she had a chance of winning. Goes to show it is always best to be prepared. This doesn’t just go for award winning of course, but it’s good to have a clean speech on hand whenever the possibility arises to speak in front of a group. From movie stars to PR practitioners, any position that calls for random appearances in front of an audience, it’s best to have some form of speech ready.
    I don’t think this mistake will ruin her career, but in many other instants it might. If she were the host of a loved children’s show this blunder might have cost her big time. Likewise, if she were speaking on behalf of someone who could be there to accept the award, it might have cost her that person’s friendship. Be prepared!

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  3. I happen to watch the Academy Awards and saw her speech; although I was shocked that the word slipped out, what I noticed more was the length and unpreparedness of the actress. Like Christina said, it’s always best to be prepared. Her speech seemed to drag on because of the overwhelming unbelief she was feel, I suppose. Nonetheless, I think it will be soon forgotten, if not already!

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