Melissa Leo received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for her tour de force performance in The Fighter.
She received Oscar and SAG Award nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Female Lead’ and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review, among countless other accolades.
Leo shared a ‘Best Ensemble’ acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 Grams, opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn.
Melissa’s other credits include standout performances in Snowden, Prisoners, Oblivion, Olympus Has Fallen, Robert Zemeckis’ critically acclaimed drama Flight, and The Equalizer. Other notable film work includes Conviction, with Hilary Swank, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, and Hide and Seek, starring Robert De Niro.
On the small screen, Melissa received an Emmy nomination and a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Made for Television Miniseries or Movie’ for her performance as “Lady Bird Johnson” in Jay Roach’s HBO movie All the Way. She also earned a Primetime Emmy Award for ‘Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her hilarious and outrageous performance on FX’s Louie, which People magazine called the best in television all year. Leo earned a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Emmy nomination for her work in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.
Leo is also known for her groundbreaking portrayal of “Detective Kay Howard” on Homicide: Life on the Streets. Her other television credits include Treme, for David Simon, and the FOX event series Wayward Pines.