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Melissa Leo in a scene from the 2010 movie The Fighter. - Provided courtesy of Paramount / Fighter LLC

Golden Globe Awards: Melissa Leo wins 'Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture'

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01/16/2011 by Corinne Heller

Melissa Leo won the Golden Globe Award for "Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture" on Sunday for her role in "The Fighter," marking the actress' first win and first nomination.

She beat Helena Bonham Carter of "The King's Speech," Mila Kunis of "Black Swan," Amy Adams of "The Fighter" and Jacki Weaver of "Animal Kingdom."

"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.

Adams told OnTheRedCarpet.com in December that Wahlberg's character is sexy because he defends her from a rude customer in a bar scene.

Leo was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2008 movie "Frozen River." "The Fighter" has received a total of six Golden Globe nods, including "Best Motion Picture - Drama."

Check out a full list of 2011 Golden Globe Award winners.

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