February 27th, 2011
09:50 PM ET
Take it from Melissa Leo - winning an Oscar isn't as easy as it looks.
As "The Fighter" star accepted the Academy Award for best supporting actress, she was in such shock she asked presenter Kirk Douglas to pinch her.
"I know there are a lot of people who said nice things to me for several months now, but I’m just shaking in my boots here," Leo told the audience, before issuing a stream of thank you's, among them to "Fighter" director David O. Russell; her co-stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy “my sweet sister” Adams.
Then Leo looked up and was flabbergasted by the number of people watching her. "Yeah I am kind of speechless," Leo said. "When I watched Kate [Winslet] two years ago, it looked so [expletive] easy!"
Leo told CNN backstage that she "really didn't mean to offend anyone" with her slip of the tongue and apologized to anyone who might have been, but it was clear by the time her "Fighter" co-star Christian Bale took the stage that it was going to be a reference point throughout the night.
"Bloody hell!" Bale began as he accepted the Oscar for best supporting actor. "What a room full of talented and inspirational people - what the hell am I doing here?”
But that was about as profane as Bale got. After thanking David O. Russell "for making the work that all of us actors did actually mean something," he gave a shout-out to Leo. "Melissa, I’m not going to drop the f-bomb like she did, I’ve done that plenty before," he joked, before moving on to also thank the real-life Dicky Eklund.
Bale was jovial throughout his acceptance speech, but when he started to thank his wife and his daughter, the actor did become a bit overwhelmed with emotion.
"And of course, my wonderful wife," he said, his voice cracking. "My wife is my mast through the storms of life, and our little girl, who’s taught me so much."
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