MELISSA LEO

Industry Role: Actress

Nationality: American

Major Works: “The Fighter” (2010) and “Oblivion” (2013).

Major Awards and Nominations: Academy Award and Golden Globe winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, and a Primetime Emmy winner for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

 

Melissa Leo is one of the most in demand actresses in the world right now. Winner of an Oscar for her performance in David O. Russels "The Fighter", Melissa is surely one of the great actresses of our time, and is step by step also becoming one of the most awarded actresses in activity.

Melissa Leo starred as the mother of boxer Mickey Ward in the 2010 film "The Fighter", that also starred Mark Wahlberg. The role garnered her both a Golden Globe (best supporting actress) and an Oscar award. Other accolades include award nominations for the film "Frozen River" and the HBO series "Mildred Pierce".

Leo’s breakthrough role came in 1993, when she began playing Detective Sergeant Kay Howard on the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street".

Leo went on to be acclaimed for her performance as a struggling mother in the heralded film "Frozen River" (2008). Her most notable nominatons were for an Independent Spirit Award, a Screen Actors Guild and an Academy Award, all in the best actress category.

More films followed, including "Everybody’s Fine" (2009) with Robert DeNiro, "Conviction" (2010) with Hilary Swank and "The Fighter" (2010) with Mark Wahlberg. In the latter film, she garnered wide acclaim for her performance, including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, both in the best supporting actress category.

Leo went on to work on several projects, including Oblivion (2013), with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, which shows us Melissa in a different genre, but always keeping faithful to her choice for strong and captivating women, who immediately jump from the screen.

Also in 2013 she starred in the highly praised "Prisioners" alongside Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She was also part of the cast of highly praised tv show "Treme".

In 2014 we saw her in "The Equalizer" alongside Denzel Washington and "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" alongside Robin Williams.

In 2015 Melissa reprised her role of Madam Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan in "London has Fallen", and star in the biopic "Snowden" directed by Oliver Stone.

"Wayward Pines", the M. Night Shyamalan TV series, had Melissa playing Nurse Pam, a surely unforgettable character in the memorable show.

Recently, Melissa played Madelyn Murray O'Hair in the Netflix film "The Most Hated Woman in America" and is currently involved in over 5 projects in production.

 

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