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Melissa Leo, Award Winner –

melissa-leo-image Leo in Righteous Kill.
About Melissa Leo (1960 – )
Melissa Leo was born September 14, 1960, in New York, NY; daughter of Arnold (an editor and fisherman) and Peggy (a teacher) Leo.

Her career started in supporting roles in a handful of small films and a short stint on the soap opera All My Children. In 1985 she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy at the Daytime Emmy Awards/12th Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in a Drama Series for All My Children.

Melissa gained prominence on the critically-acclaimed Barry Levinson-produced television drama Homicide: Life On The Streets. In 2004 she shared the Best Ensemble Acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for 21 Grams (2003) alongside Kevin Chapman, Benicio del Toro, Teresa Delgado, Clea DuVall, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Danny Huston, Eddie Marsan, Marc Musso, Sean Penn and Naomi Watts. She was also the runner-up for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actress for 21 Grams.

In 2006, she won the Bronze Wrangler at the Western Heritage Awards for Outstanding Theatrical Motion Picture for The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005).

In 2008 Melissa played the role as a financially strapped woman who turns to human-trafficking in order to earn a living in Frozen River for which she earned thunderous critical praise as well as Best Actress nominations from both the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy. Also in 2008 she won the Maverick Actor Award and also the Best Actress award at the Method Fest for Lullaby (2008).

More recent, Melissa can be seen in the movie The Fighter (2010). For this film, Melissa won the Golden Globe, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress, among others. In addition, she has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Melissa Leo's notable movie credits include...

Always (1985)
Silent Witness (1985)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
A Time And Destiny (1988)
The Young Riders (1989)
Nasty Boys (1989)
The Ballad Of Little Jo (1993)
Last Summer In The Hamptons (1995)
Hide And Seek (2005)
Runaway (2005)
Patch (2005)
The Tree Burials Of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
American Gun (2005)
Confess (2005)
Stephanie Daley (2006)
Hollywood Dreams (2006)
The House Is Burning (2006)
Mr. Woodcock (2007)
One Night (2007)
Frozen River (2008)
The Alphabet Killer (2008)
Righteous Kill (2008)
According To Greta (2009)
True Adolescents (2009)
Dear Lemon Lima (2009)
Everybody's Fine (2009)
Treme (2010)
Welcome To The Rileys (2010)
The Dry Land (2010)
The Fighter (2010)
Flight (2012)
Oblivion (2013)
Charlie Countryman (2013)
The Equalizer (2014)
the big short (2015)
London Has Fallen (2016)




Melissa Leo in The Fighter (2010).




Melissa Leo in 21 Grams (2003).


Melissa Leo in Righteous Kill (2008).


Melissa Leo in The Alphabet Killer (2008).




Melissa Leo in Welcome To The Rileys (2010).