Awards Daily’s Sasha Stone points us back to Tom O’Neil’s claim that Melissa Leo is a diva. Thelma Adams, the author of the original interview, has weighed into the comments section to tell him he’s wrong. The comments are listed in reverse order with the newest at the top so scroll down to see what Ms. Adams said…or read on.
“In the interests of full disclosure, Tom O’Neil is also a friend of mine, so I don’t know why he would take this lovely interview out of context. As the astute comments that preceded mine pointed out [Ed. coughcoughIncludingMinecough], Melissa is no diva, she’s an actress going through deep emotional transformation on screen. She and director Courtney Hunt are in a very good place, they are working arm in arm to promote this terrific, terrific film. For me, knowing an actress of such talent and integrity is a gift, perhaps working with her even better than a bogus basket of muffins apologizing for a slight that did not exist.
Posted by: Thelma Adams | July 30, 2008 at 05:42 PM “
But, like a pit bull gnawing on an Oscar shaped chew toy, Tom O’Neil refuses to drop his claim.
“Oh, come on, Thelma! If no slight existed, why did Hunt ask Leo not to speak to her that way?
On the Oscar trail ahead, I’m sure you and I and our fellow Oscar-watching journos will be seeing lots of Leo in person. If I catch her continuing to pull more of this bully act and be so inconsiderate to colleagues, I’ll continue to report on her diva antics. Although I may not have to do much of that since Leo does a fine job ratting these stories — cluelessly — on herself. Tell your pal that she’s not running for an award called Best Performance by a Diva. By acting this way, she’s hurting her shot for that other award.
Posted by: Tom O’Neil | July 31, 2008 at 06:25 AM”
I’d like to hear from Courtney Hunt about this. I still think Tom is full of it.
Meanwhile, in case you hadn’t heard, The Sundance jury prize-winning Frozen River starring Melissa Leo is in theaters on Friday.
[UPDATE: Tom takes the George Bush approach by stubbornly refusing to admit he was wrong despite mounting evidence to the contrary.]
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