Oscars protocol prevented The Fighter co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leofrom catching each other’s acceptance speeches on Sunday night – both stars were locked out of the Kodak Theatre auditorium.
Bale was refused entry to the theatre as he returned from a bar break to catch Leo’s Best Supporting Actress win and then the actress, who played his mum inThe Fighter, couldn’t get back to her seat to watch Bale’s Best Supporting Actor victory after accepting her award.
Bale missed movie history, when he failed to catch Leo’s speech, during which she became the first winner to utter the ‘F’ word on the Oscars stage.
He says, “I was out in the bar with Dicky (Eklund – the character he plays in the movie) and my wife, thinking that it was like the other awards, where you could just wander on in and then being barred out. I was literally banging on the door with Dicky… and they wouldn’t let us in.”
And then Leo failed to catch her co-star’s win: “I was locked out of the auditorium when he was getting his award.”