Melissa Leo: Best Actress

January 23, 2009

Melissa Leo is up for her first Oscar for her performance in Frozen River. After many years of respectable roles, her work is finally being recognized by the academy. Read her biography and see photos and video here.

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Melissa Leo has received an Oscar nomination in the best actress category for her role in the film Frozen River, a surprise to many including the director/producer/writer, Courtney Hunt. It is not because they thought the film was poorly made, but because their budget was nowhere near the other films that garnered a best actress nomination. She told the New York Times,

“It is such a great thing, that you can walk around with your story, get your little money together and make a film and then end up there being counted along with all the big shots. I can’t think of any other industry, or any other country, where that seems possible.?

Melissa was also quite pleased telling the LA Times,

“I do believe… that this will open doors for us, that we will be given a little more weight to carry. Things will be different from now on. This morning, perhaps, my life has changed.”

As a biography, Melissa Chessington Leo, aka Margaret May II or Margaret May, was born on September 14, 1960. She was born in New York, New York as the daughter of a teacher and an editor. She has appeared on several soaps and numerous feature films including A Time of Destiny, Last Summer in the Hamptons, 21 Grams, Confess, and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

Although she was nominated for an Academy Award and several smaller awards prior to Frozen River, she has flown under the radar for most of her career. That was until this years Oscar nomination. The best actress nomination could bring some attention to her and open up the opportunity to play larger roles.

As far as personal details, we know Melissa has a son, John Matthew Heard, with actor and former boyfriend John Heard.

See more photos and video of Melissa Leo in Frozen River below.

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One Response to “Melissa Leo: Best Actress”

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    Sevilla Says:

    cool picxxs