The Gramma Sutra congratulates Oscar winner Melissa Leo for her win as best supporting actress. Leo is fabulous and fifty and was the subject of some tongue wagging when she took out ads in a bit of self promotion for the Oscars.
"I took matters into my own hands," she said. "I knew what I was doing and told my representation how earnest I was about this idea. I had never heard of any actor taking out an ad as themselves and I wanted to give it a shot...I did hear a lot of very positive comments, particularly from women of a certain age who happen to act for a living and happen to understand full well the great dilemma and mystery of getting a cover of a magazine."
Amen to that! Melissa Leo is 50 and the scuttlebut in Hollywood is that while it's fine for a 50 year old woman to play the mother of a 39 year old man(Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter), it's not apparently alright to put that same 50 year old on the cover of a magazine.
So here are Melissa's pictures along with the fervent hope and desire that as more and more of us become GrammaSutrians we will use our considerable power to see ourselves represented in all aspects of the media.