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Melissa Leo Net Worth

Melissa Leo Net Worth is
$9 Million

Melissa Leo Biography

Leo’s first part gained her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Excellent Ingenue/Girl in a Drama Series. Melissa Leo net worthy of in 2014-2015 is $7,000,000 while like others Melissa Leo gets also paid by sponsorship, ads, endorsement, etc and featuring. We estimated annual income around $823,529


Known for movies

Quick Facts

Full NameMelissa Leo
Net Worth$9 Million
Date Of BirthSeptember 14, 1960
Height5ft 4in
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor
EducationState University of New York at Purchase
NationalityAmerican
ChildrenJohn Matthew Heard, Adam Leo
ParentsArnold Leo, Peggy Chessington Leo
SiblingsErik Leo
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/melissaleo
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
MoviesThe Fighter, Snowden, Frozen River, Prisoners, Olympus Has Fallen, The Big Short, Oblivion, The Equalizer, London Has Fallen, Welcome to the Rileys, All the Way, Red State, 21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Why Stop Now, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Flight, Everybody's Fine, Don McKay, Stephanie Daley, Streetwalkin', Conviction, The Cake Eaters, Dear Lemon Lima, Veronika Decides to Die, Righteous Kill, The Ballad of Little Jo, Hide and Seek, The Dry Land, According to Greta, The Space Between, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, Hollywood Dreams, Racing Daylight, Seven Days in Utopia, American Gun, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Venice/Venice, From Other Worlds, The 24 Hour Woman, Deadtime Stories, A Time of Destiny, The Alphabet Killer, Black Irish, Homicide: The Movie, Fear of Fiction, Mr. Woodcock, Stephanie's Image, True Adolescents, The Fixer
TV ShowsTreme, Homicide: Life on the Street, The Young Riders, Wayward Pines


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1 Is one of 22 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of New York. The others are Alice Brady, Teresa Wright, Anne Revere, Celeste Holm, Claire Trevor, Judy Holliday, Shirley Booth, Susan Hayward, Patty Duke, Anne Bancroft, Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda, Lee Grant, Beatrice Straight, Whoopi Goldberg, Mercedes Ruehl, Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Connelly and Anne Hathaway.
2 She won an Oscar for playing Alice Eklund-Ward in The Fighter (2010), making her one of 17 actors to win the Award for playing a real person who was still alive at the evening of the Award ceremony (as of 2015). The other sixteen actors and their respective performances are: Spencer Tracy for playing Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938), Gary Cooper for playing Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941), Patty Duke for playing Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker (1962), Jason Robards for playing Ben Bradlee in All the President's Men (1976), Robert De Niro for playing Jake La Motta in Raging Bull (1980), Sissy Spacek for playing Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)_, Jeremy Irons for playing Claus Von Bullow in Reversal of Fortune (1990), Susan Sarandon for playing Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking (1995), Geoffrey Rush for playing David Helfgott in Shine (1996), Julia Roberts for playing Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich (2000), Jim Broadbent for playing John Bayley in Iris (2001), Helen Mirren for playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2006), Sandra Bullock for playing Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009), Christian Bale for playing Dickie Eklund in The Fighter (2010), Meryl Streep for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011) and Eddie Redmayne for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything (2014).
3 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 26, a son John Matthew Heard on June 17, 1987. Child's father is her [now ex] boyfriend, John Heard.
4 Member of the jury at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2014.
5 She has German, English, and distant Scottish, ancestry. Her surname is German and originates with a German immigrant, Gustave Leo.
6 Was the 137th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The Fighter (2010) at The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) on February 27, 2011.
7 Ulster County, New York [July 2008]
8 Despite appearing and being billed in early trailers for Lee Daniels's The Butler (2013) as Mamie Eisenhower, her part ultimately was cut from the film.
9 She is a natural redhead.
10 According to Rob Lowe's biography, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends", he screen-tested with Melissa, who was in serious contention for the part of "Debbie" in About Last Night... (1986). However, the part eventually went to Demi Moore.
11 Has worked with Kristen Stewart twice. Once in The Cake Eaters (2007) and again in Welcome to the Rileys (2010).
12 Has an adopted son, Adam Davenport (b. 1984).
13 Won the 2008 Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Lead Performance by an Actress for her work in Frozen River (2008).
14 Was the runner-up for the 2004 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 21 Grams (2003).
15 Mother is Peggy Chessington Leo, a Californian teacher, and father, Arnold Leo, is an editor at Grove Press, and a fisherman spokesman for the East Hampton Baymen's Association.
16 Melissa studied at State University of New York, Purchase but did not graduate.
17 Beat Julia Roberts for the role of Linda Warner on the soap opera All My Children (1970).
18 In March 1997, ex-boyfriend John Heard was charged with harassing Melissa via telephone misuse and trespassing.
19 Attended the State University of New York, Purchase (SUNY Purchase). Other alumni include actors Parker Posey, Wesley Snipes, Stanley Tucci, Sherry Stringfield, Adam Trese, Edie Falco, Seth Gilliam, Dwight Ewell, and Steven Weber; producers Bob Gosse and Todd Baker; and directors Danny Leiner, Nick Gomez, and Hal Hartley.


Quotes

#Quote
1 My body has done for me all these years things I couldn't ever even dreamt to do for characters. It's a tool, molecularly speaking, and I need to take care of it.
2 Through all of this lovely interviewing, and nice things people say, and the rest of it, I have learned that I am an actor. That is my profession. That is my job. That is how I make a living. So I am just out there making a living.
3 Well, I don't think of myself as a feminist at all. As soon as we start labeling and categorizing ourselves and others, that's going to shut down the world.
4 You know, when I got started on television in the '80s, you would go to the costume department, and if you were a female they put you into a skirt. And you had a pocketbook, usually a shoulder bag.
5 I have some close friends I keep in touch with. I knit. I watch a little too much TV. I ski, if the weather's right for that. If I can find a group of buddies, I go rock climbing.
6 I haven't had a lot of experience with glamor. I've never had to mask myself, as many now not-so-young actresses have had to do. Female actors in that regard have a different lot in life than male actors.
7 I mean, the unfair treatment of women and black people and Indians and other groups, that's real. Mistreatment of other people because 'I'm better than you are' is such a sad part of the world.
8 I think the funny thing about acting for me - and I hold it in a very holy, spiritual way - not to be overly fundamentalist about it, but it's that important to me - is that it is an ancient healing art.
9 I think there has only been one time in my entire career that I've ever gone back to shoot a scene. And it was a scene that, when we were shooting it, we knew that it wasn't working. We knew there was a disagreement between the actor and director. So, we went back.
10 The power of television - it's so present in our lives, we don't even know how powerful it is.
11 There were not enough women like Kay on TV and now there are none.
12 To get the hippie out of certain characters is probably the most difficult thing for me. I was not a hippie by choice but by birth.
13 Ever since Marilyn Monroe was transformed from one of the prettiest girls you could ever hope to see into an icon, everyone has been trying to repeat that icon. And now the entire industry is filled with, and by and large run by, wannabes.
14 I do get a fair amount of scripts; I got 'Frozen River' kinda just that way. I have a hard time turning my back on anybody who says they have something for me.
15 People often expect me to be something other than what I am.
16 Supporting actors are the support. You can't make a building without support. You can't buy dinner without support.
17 That's probably the biggest secret of acting: If the actor believes it themselves, they can make you believe it.
18 The climate informs the character.
19 The key to acting has much more to do with listening than with talking.
20 I think this notion of acting and glamor is getting in everybody's way.
21 I'm a very lucky girl who gets to act for a living! So why sit around griping and grousing about what's not there.
22 I'm not particularly fond of the hybrid writer-director or actor-director.
23 I'm very old-school. I like a director to direct me. I like to be the actor.
24 My mom was a '70s mom. She paved a road that no one had yet walked.
25 An actor has to be very, very careful, as one of the most wonderful props - and actors love props - is a cigarette. There's so much to do with it: you can bring it up to your face, play with the smoke. It's just the greatest - ever since I was 16 and in acting school in England, I've been playing around with cigarettes.
26 Acting is the business of truth, so that we can see ourselves reflected back and learn.
27 I am a smoker, I'm ashamed to say. I had given it up for many years, then picked it up again. It's a horrible habit. I struggle with myself all the time. And I love to smoke.
28 An actor's life is fairly lonely.
29 Being an actor on a movie set is like going to the playground at recess.
30 [on interpreting the title role in Francine (2012)] To play someone when the character masks their own emotions, doesn't understand their own emotions, has no release for their own emotions, and yet is full of emotion - that is a much harder character to play than someone who has somewhere to put it.
31 [Excerpt from her 2011 Academy Award acceptance speech] When I watched Kate Winslet two years ago, it looked so fucking easy - Oops!


Pictures

All Melissa Leo pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 IIFC Award Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Best Actress - Short Mother's Day (2015)
2016 Ensemble Cast Award Palm Springs International Film Festival The Big Short (2015) Christian Bale

Steve Carell

Ryan Gosling

Brad Pitt

Hamish Linklater

John Magaro

Rafe Spall

Jeremy Strong

Finn Wittrock

Marisa Tomei
2016 WRIFF Award Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Best Actress - Short Film Mother's Day (2015)
2016 Distinctive Achievement Award Wild Rose Independent Film Festival Best Short Film Mother's Day (2015) Gabriel Furman (writer)

Jeff Tan (director)
2013 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Louie (2010)
2013 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Ensemble Prisoners (2013) Hugh Jackman

Jake Gyllenhaal

Viola Davis

Maria Bello

Terrence Howard

Paul Dano

Dylan Minnette

Zoë Soul

Erin Gerasimovich
2012 Slate Award California Independent Film Festival Best Actress The Sea Is All I Know (2011)
2011 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble The Fighter (2010) Amy Adams

Christian Bale

Jack McGee

Mark Wahlberg
2011 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 Ischia Legend Award Ischia Global Film & Music Festival
2011 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 Grand Prize Rhode Island International Film Festival Best Actress The Sea Is All I Know (2011)
2011 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role The Fighter (2010)
2011 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role The Fighter (2010)
2011 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Fighter (2010)
2010 Festival Prize Boston Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Conviction (2010)
2010 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast The Fighter (2010) Mark Wahlberg

Christian Bale

Amy Adams

Jack McGee
2010 Capri Actress Award Capri, Hollywood The Fighter (2010)
2010 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 Best Ensemble Cast Method Fest Dear Lemon Lima (2009) Savanah Wiltfong

Shayne Topp

Meaghan Martin

Vanessa Marano

Zane Huett

Beth Grant

Elaine Hendrix

Eleanor Hutchins
2010 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 NTFCA Award North Texas Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Fighter (2010)
2010 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards The Fighter (2010)
2009 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2009 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Frozen River (2008)
2009 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Frozen River (2008)
2009 Virtuoso Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival Frozen River (2008)
2008 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Hanging in There Award for Persistence Frozen River (2008)
2008 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Frozen River (2008)
2008 Best Actress Marrakech International Film Festival Frozen River (2008)
2008 Best Actress Method Fest Lullaby (2008)
2008 Maverick Actor Award Method Fest
2008 Spotlight Award National Board of Review, USA Frozen River (2008)
2008 Silver Seashell San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting 21 Grams (2003) Kevin Chapman

Benicio Del Toro

Teresa Delgado

Clea DuVall

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Danny Huston

Eddie Marsan

Marc Musso

Sean Penn

Naomi Watts

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie All the Way (2016)
2016 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress on Television Wayward Pines (2015)
2016 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series All the Way (2016)
2016 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Big Short (2015) Christian Bale

Steve Carell

Ryan Gosling

Max Greenfield

Tracy Letts

Hamish Linklater

John Magaro

Billy Magnussen

Adepero Oduye

Brad Pitt

Rafe Spall

Jeremy Strong

Marisa Tomei

Finn Wittrock
2016 Indie Spirit Award Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Indie Spirit Award Mother's Day (2015) Gabriel Furman (producer)

Jeff Tan (producer)
2016 The Mary Austin Award Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema Excellence in Producing Mother's Day (2015) Gabriel Furman (producer)

Jeff Tan (producer)
2016 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Limited Series All the Way (2016)
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Big Short (2015) Christian Bale

Steve Carell

Ryan Gosling

Hamish Linklater

John Magaro

Brad Pitt

Rafe Spall

Jeremy Strong

Marisa Tomei

Finn Wittrock
2016 Festival Award World Music and Independent Film Festival Best Actress International Short Mother's Day (2015)
2014 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actress Prisoners (2013)
2014 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Supporting Actress - International Competition Prisoners (2013)
2013 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Louie (2010)
2013 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Comedy Guest Actress Louie (2010)
2013 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
2012 ACCA TV Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries The Space Between (2010)
2012 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actress Red State (2011)
2012 IOFCP Award International Online Film Critics' Poll Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2012 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries The Space Between (2010)
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Mildred Pierce (2011)
2011 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Perseverance Award
2011 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Actress Defying Age and Ageism The Fighter (2010)
2011 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 Fright Meter Award Fright Meter Awards Best Supporting Actress Red State (2011)
2011 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards TV Movie/Mini Supporting Actress Mildred Pierce (2011)
2011 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Fighter (2010) Amy Adams

Christian Bale

Jack McGee

Mark Wahlberg
2011 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Supporting Actress (Miglior attrice non protagonista) The Fighter (2010)
2011 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Mildred Pierce (2011)
2011 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Fighter (2010) Amy Adams

Christian Bale

Jack McGee

Mark Wahlberg
2011 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2011 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role The Fighter (2010)
2010 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actress of the Year The Fighter (2010)
2010 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Supporting Performance The Fighter (2010)
2010 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Actress (Miglior attrice protagonista) Frozen River (2008)
2010 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance The Fighter (2010) Mark Wahlberg

Christian Bale

Amy Adams

Jack McGee
2010 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble The Fighter (2010) Mark Wahlberg

Christian Bale

Amy Adams

Jack McGee
2009 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2009 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Frozen River (2008)
2009 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Frozen River (2008)
2008 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Bravest Performance Award Frozen River (2008)
2008 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance Frozen River (2008)
2008 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Performance Frozen River (2008)
2008 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama Frozen River (2008)
2007 Festival Award Hoboken International Film Festival Best Supporting Actress The House Is Burning (2006)
2003 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble 21 Grams (2003) Sean Penn

Naomi Watts

Benicio Del Toro

Danny Huston

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Eddie Marsan
2003 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Supporting Performance 21 Grams (2003)
1985 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Ingenue/Woman in a Drama Series All My Children (1970)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Audience Choice Award Albuquerque Film & Media Experience Best Short Film Mother's Day (2015) Gabriel Furman (writer)

Jeff Tan (director)
2015 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Big Short (2015) Steve Carell

Christian Bale

Ryan Gosling

Hamish Linklater

John Magaro

Brad Pitt

Rafe Spall

Jeremy Strong

Marisa Tomei

Finn Wittrock
2010 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2010 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)
2009 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2008 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Frozen River (2008)
2004 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actress 21 Grams (2003)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actress The Fighter (2010)


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Novitiate 2017 completed Reverend Mother
I'm Dying Up Here 2017 TV Series filming Goldie Herschlag / Goldie
The Most Hated Woman in America 2017 post-production Madalyn Murray O'Hair
The Ashram 2016 post-production Chandra
Unlovable 2016 post-production Maddie
Furlough pre-production Jane
BoJack Horseman 2014-2016 TV Series Diane's Mother
Snowden 2016 Laura Poitras
Wayward Pines 2015-2016 TV Series Nurse Pam
All the Way 2016 TV Movie Lady Bird Johnson
Burn Country 2016 Gloria
London Has Fallen 2016 Defence Secretary Ruth Macmillan
Broad City 2016 TV Series Lori
Damnation: The Flashback 2015 Short Noda Marra
The Big Short 2015 Georgia Hale
The Butterfly, the Harp and the Timepiece 2015 Short Papillon
Mother's Day 2015/II Short Mary
Dwegons and Leprechauns 2014 Grandma Fitz / Butterfly McDweg / Mrs. Fitzgerald (voice)
The Equalizer 2014 Susan Plummer
The Ever After 2014
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn 2014 Bette Altmann
Treme 2010-2013 TV Series Toni Bernette
Prisoners 2013 Holly Jones
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film 2013 TV Movie Robin
Bottled Up 2013/III Fay
Oblivion 2013/I Sally
Olympus Has Fallen 2013 Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan
Charlie Countryman 2013 Kate
Flight 2012/I Ellen Block
Persephone 2012 Short Demeter
Louie 2012 TV Series Laurie
Francine 2012 Francine
Why Stop Now? 2012 Penny Bloom
Lost Revolution 2011 Soto
Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best 2011 Sarah
Seven Days in Utopia 2011 Lily
The Sea Is All I Know 2011 Short Sara
Mildred Pierce 2011 TV Mini-Series Lucy Gessler
Red State 2011 Sara
The Fighter 2010/I Alice Ward
Queen of the Lot 2010 Aunt Bee
Conviction 2010/II Nancy Taylor
The Space Between 2010/I Montine
The Dry Land 2010 Martha
Welcome to the Rileys 2010 Lois Riley
The Farm 2009 TV Movie CO Helen Miller
According to Greta 2009 Karen
Everybody's Fine 2009 Colleen
Dear Lemon Lima 2009 Mrs. Howard
Veronika Decides to Die 2009 Mari
Don McKay 2009 Marie (as Melissa Chessington Leo)
True Adolescents 2009 Sharon Mitchell
Stephanie's Image 2009 Stephanie
The Alphabet Killer 2008 Kathy Walsh
Predisposed 2008 Short Penny
Righteous Kill 2008 Cheryl Brooks
Law & Order 1993-2008 TV Series Donna Cheponis / Sherri Quinn / Alice Sutton
This Is a Story About Ted and Alice 2008 Short Alice
Ball Don't Lie 2008 Georgia
Santa Mesa 2008 Maggie
Lullaby 2008/I Stephanie Armstrong
Frozen River 2008 Ray Eddy
One Night 2007 Wendy
Cold Case 2007 TV Series Tayna Raymes '94-'07
Mr. Woodcock 2007 Sally Jansen
I Believe in America 2007 Soto
Racing Daylight 2007 Sadie / Anna
The Cake Eaters 2007 Ceci Kimbrough
Dear Lemon Lima 2007 Short Mrs. Howard
Black Irish 2007 Margaret McKay
Midnight Son 2007 Short Rita
Bomb 2007/I Short Sharon
Criminal Minds 2007 TV Series Georgia Davis
Shark 2006 TV Series Elizabeth Rourke
Falling Objects 2006 Short Helga
The House Is Burning 2006 Mrs. Miller
Hollywood Dreams 2006 Aunt Bee
The Limbo Room 2006 KC Collins
Stephanie Daley 2006 Miri Daley
Confess 2005 Agnes Lessor
American Gun 2005 Louise
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 2005 Rachel
The L Word 2005 TV Series Winnie Mann
Patch 2005 Short Maelynn
No Shoulder 2005 Short Ruth
Runaway 2005 Lisa Adler
Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 TV Series Maureen Curtis
Hide and Seek 2005 Laura
From Other Worlds 2004 Miriam
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2004 TV Series Sybil Perez
Veronica Mars 2004 TV Series Julia Smith
First Breath 2004 Short Detective Waxman
21 Grams 2003 Marianne Jordan
Fear of Fiction 2000 Sigrid Anderssen
Homicide: The Movie 2000 TV Movie Sgt. Kay Howard
Code of Ethics 1999 Jo DeAngelo
The 24 Hour Woman 1999 Dr. Suzanne Pincus
Legacy 1998 TV Series Emma Bradford
Under the Bridge 1997 Kathy
Homicide: Life on the Street 1993-1997 TV Series Kay Howard / Carrie Howard (as Margaret May)
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice 1995 TV Movie Carol Manning
Last Summer in the Hamptons 1995 Trish Axelrod
Garden 1994 Short Elizabeth
Scarlett 1994 TV Mini-Series Suellen O'Hara Benteen
The Ballad of Little Jo 1993 Beatrice Grey
Venice/Venice 1992 Peggy
Immaculate Conception 1992 Hannah
Carolina Skeletons 1991 TV Movie Cassie (as Melissa Chessington Leo)
The Bride in Black 1990 TV Movie Mary Margaret
Against the Law 1990 TV Series Jill
The Young Riders 1989-1990 TV Series Emma Shannon
Nasty Boys 1989-1990 TV Series Katie Morrissey
Nasty Boys 1989 TV Movie Katie Morrissey
Gideon Oliver 1989 TV Series Rebecca Hecht
Miami Vice 1988 TV Series Kathleen Gilfords
All My Children 1984-1988 TV Series Linda Warner
A Time of Destiny 1988 Josie Larraneta
Spenser: For Hire 1987 TV Series Mary Hamilton
Deadtime Stories 1986 Judith 'MaMa' Baer
Silent Witness 1985 TV Movie Patti Mullen
The Equalizer 1985 TV Series Irina Dzershinsky
Streetwalkin' 1985 Cookie
Always 1985 Peggy
I'm Only There... 1984 Short Maggie

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Furlough executive producer pre-production
The Butterfly, the Harp and the Timepiece 2015 Short producer
Mother's Day 2015/II Short producer

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood 2010-2016 TV Series Herself
Reel Junkie 2016 TV Series Herself
Advice 2016 TV Series short Herself
The Insider 2016 TV Series Herself
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture (credit only)
After the Spill 2015 Documentary voice
She's The Best Thing In It 2015 Documentary Herself
Denzel Washington: A Different Kind of Superhero 2014 Video short Herself
Equalizer Vision: Antoine Fuqua 2014 Video short Herself
Inside 'The Equalizer' 2014 Video short Herself
Good Morning America 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman: The Making of 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' 2014 Video short Herself
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series & Presenter: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy 2013 Documentary Narrator
The Only Real Game 2013 Documentary Narrator (voice)
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2013 TV Special Herself
The Talk 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
The Wendy Williams Show 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Behind the Scenes with Melissa Leo 2011 TV Mini-Series Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Tavis Smiley 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2011 TV Special Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2011 TV Movie documentary Herself
Cut, Good: The Making of 'Runaway' 2009 Video documentary short Herself
49o Festival Thessalonikis - 19 kinimatografistes 2009 TV Movie documentary Herself
SAG Foundation Conversations 2009 TV Series Herself
Días de cine 2009 TV Series Herself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Rachael Ray 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Storymakers 2009 TV Series Herself
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Motion Picture
14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards Red Carpet Premiere 2009 TV Special Herself
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2009 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Shorts Spotlight 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Ceremonia de clausura - 56º Festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián 2008 TV Movie Herself - Winner: Best Actress
Cinema 3 2008 TV Series Herself
Secret's Out 2008 TV Series Herself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
California Entertainment Weekly 2005 TV Series Herself
Charlie Rose 2003 TV Series Herself - Guest
Who Is Henry Jaglom? 1997 Documentary Herself

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Anatomy of a 'Homicide: Life on the Street' 1998 TV Movie documentary Sgt. Kay Howard
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