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    I’ve recently watched Novitiate (superb film) and Melissa Leo gave an outstanding supporting performance as the strict nun. I actually find her so much better than the actual Oscar nominees. She was also a fun in Prisoners a few years before that. S I was wondering if they will ever nominate her again?  Or is she a done deal? I mean she is an Oscar-winner after all so there is no rush, but I think she is a bit underrated. I’m glad she has an Oscar (I don’t dislike her win at all), but I was hoping that she could still collect at least one or two bids…she’s not doing so well about that…

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    There is no such thing as being “done oscar wise” except if you are completely blacklisted due to some bad behaviors has some have experienced in very recent time but Melissa Leo can obviously be nominated again, she just need a stronger film to support her. Especially for supporting performances, it seems that you just have to be in the right movie and it’s easier if you are already an oscar winner (as a proof that you are really well liked), see Octavia Spencer who has been two years in a row in the right movie (Hidden Figures & The Shape of water) and got nominated for good but nothing special performances. Melissa Leo just need to find herself in the right movie and with a supporting performance as strong as the one she gives in Novitiate, she will easily get another nomination.

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    Riley
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    She has been nominated for three Emmys, including a win, since her Oscar, so the industry has not completely forgotten her.

    Novitiate was a pretty random film to be pegged as an Oscar contender, so I do not hold its flopping against her.

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    Had SPC put a real campaign/theatrical release behind Novitiate, I suspect Leo could’ve made the cut. Alas, the studio seemed to all but forget about the picture.

    Considering her penchant for self-campaigning for awards (and talents as an actress, of course), I suspect she returns.

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    vinny
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    I think she will be nominated again. She reminds me of Sally Field in a way. Just doing a variety of stuff and having a blast.

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    Nate
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    Honestly, considering that Leo has been working steadily since her mid 20s and didn’t win her Oscar until she was 50, I’m just glad she’s been in the conversation altogether. She’s understandably built a stronger career in the more forgiving medium of television and is great on I’m Dying Up Here. She has been getting solid supporting parts in movies since her win too, though, and if she gets Janney/Metcalf type attention one year, could easily slide back into the lineup.

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    I believe she experienced some professional push back from dropping an f-bomb in her Oscar speech. They are petty to women especially women in midlife whose sexuality they can’t sell.

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    I hope she can get nominated again. I hate how so many want actors to be fake while accepting awards. Yes Leo was over-doing it, but it should not be the reason why she doesn’t get nominated again. Whats wrong with wanting to win??? Its like a fucking beauty pageant.

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    I believe she experienced some professional push back from dropping an f-bomb in her Oscar speech. They are petty to women especially women in midlife whose sexuality they can’t sell.

    I expected this to be the case, but I am not sure that it has actually been so.

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    I think the professional push back came more from her odd self-Oscar campaign than the F-Bomb. That didn’t help but the press she did and ads she took out made her seem a little unstable. It was so odd since she was a shoo in to win yet she took out these ads trying to look all sexy and flashing cleavage. She also complained about not being on magazine covers like younger female movie stars. It was strange. Here she was getting the rare chance of being an older woman who suddenly had an A list film career yet she seemed mad that she wasn’t on the cover of Vogue and Nicole Kidman or whoever was.

    I remember that year people thought her antics might actually lose her the award to Helena Bonham Carter or even Amy Adams when she would have easily strolled to the podium had she kept her mouth shut.

    I think she is aware of all the bad press. I’ve noticed she is always very polite and humble now in interviews. The TV Academy seems to have forgiven her so given the right role I’d guess the Academy would too.

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    I don’t think Leo is done at all. One of the inexplicable aspects of this season was how easy it was for Allison Janney to stroll to a first Oscar nomination and win. Some would say that Octavia Spencer has been coasting on her nods post-win, but I find her accomplishments in general striking (get it, bitch!), even if this last nomination was kinda iffy. With the right film and timing, Leo could very well win again. I think in the meantime, it’s more likely that she wins another Emmy first.

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