Melissa Leo, the American actress who picked up the 'Best Supporting Actress' award for her role in 'The Fighter' at Sunday's GOLDEN GLOBES (16th January 2011) has paid tribute to the woman that she portrays in the movie, reports the New York Times. The 50-year-old plays ALICE WARD, the matriarch of boxing brothers Micky and DICky, played by Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in the movie.
Ward, now 80-years-old, is gravely ill in hospital after suffering a heart attack last week. A reporter for The Boston Globe writes that she "stopped breathing for more than 30 minutes" but was revived and placed on life support and eventually regained consciousness. Speaking at last week's New York Film Critics Circle Awards, Leo gave an update on Ms Ward's health, saying, "Alice is alive and kicking. She is a remarkable, amazing woman. I knew this in the first moments I met her. She's an amazing and complex woman, who easily could stand as an icon for an American heroine, feared by many, loved by all."
The Fighter took almost four years to make and during his acceptance speech at Sunday's GOLDEN GLOBES, CHRISTIAN BALE credited MARK WAHLBERG for making sure the movie eventually made it onto the screen. The film was nominated for a flurry of awards including 'Best Actor', 'Best Picture', 'Best Supporting Actress', 'Best Supporting Actor' and 'Best Director'.