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Anne Hathaway 'thanks' Melissa Leo for 'F-Bomb'

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02/27/2011 by Corinne Heller

Melissa Leo shocked audiences by dropping an "F-Bomb" when she accepted her Oscar for "the Fighter" at the 2011 Academy Awards but her potty-mouthed slip of the tongue earned her a fan in co-host Anne Hathaway.

"I went up to her during the break and thanked her," Hathaway told OnTheRedCarpet.com after the Sunday ceremony. "I'm like, 'You just set the tone for the show and gave us material forever, so thank you.'"

Hathaway said Leo's "F-Bomb" was one of her favorite moments from the ceremony.

Leo apologized for her language after the show, which was co-hosted by James Franco. The actress had won Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Fighter," marking her first win and second nomination. She beat Helena Bonham Carter of "The King's Speech," Amy Adams of "The Fighter," Jacki Weaver of "Animal Kingdom" and Hailee Steinfeld of "True Grit."

"The Fighter" tells of real-life boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, and how his brother, played by Christian Bale, helped him before he went pro in the mid 1980s.

Leo plays their mother and Amy Adams plays Ward's love interest, a cocktail waitress named Charlene.

"The Fighter," directed by David O. Russell, won two Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor for Bale. It was nominated for seven.

Leo was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2008 movie "Frozen River." She won a Golden Globe in January for her performance in "The Fighter."

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