Frozen River Poster

(2008)

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009

Nominated
Oscar
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Melissa Leo
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Courtney Hunt

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009

Nominated
Actor
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Melissa Leo

AFI Awards, USA 2009

Won
AFI Award
Movie of the Year
Chip Hourihan
Heather Rae

FROZEN RIVER challenges audiences to witness the strength and the character of America's underclass... More

FROZEN RIVER challenges audiences to witness the strength and the character of America's underclass - and, ultimately, asks if they have what it takes to endure such hardship. First-time feature filmmaker Courtney Hunt tells the story of two women from different worlds who stand together in an astoundingly bleak landscape - unlikely partners on economic thin ice. Their struggle unfolds with such authenticity - free from the comfort endemic to most American films - that the pain and power of the story are palpable. The performances of Melissa Leo and Misty Upham stand among this year's finest.


Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008

Won
EDA Female Focus Award
Best Woman Director
Courtney Hunt
Best Newcomer
Misty Upham
Hanging in There Award for Persistence
Melissa Leo (actress)
Nominated
EDA Award
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Courtney Hunt
Nominated
EDA Female Focus Award
Best Woman Screenwriter
Courtney Hunt
Best Breakthrough Performance
Melissa Leo
Hanging in There Award for Persistence
Courtney Hunt (director/writer)
Nominated
EDA Special Mention Award
Bravest Performance Award
Melissa Leo

American Indian Film Festival 2008

Won
American Indian Movie Award
Best Supporting Actress
Misty Upham

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2009

Nominated
Critics Choice Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2009

Won
COFCA Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Breakthrough Film Artist
Melissa Leo
For acting.
2nd place
COFCA Award
Best Supporting Actress
Misty Upham
Best Screenplay, Original
Courtney Hunt
Breakthrough Film Artist
Courtney Hunt
For directing and screenwriting.
3rd place
COFCA Award
Best Picture
3rd place

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2008

Nominated
CFCA Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Most Promising Filmmaker
Courtney Hunt

Detroit Film Critic Society, US 2008

Nominated
DFCS Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2008

Won
FFCC Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Galway Film Fleadh 2009

Won
Feature Film Award
Best First Feature Film
Courtney Hunt

Geneva International Film Festival - Tous Écrans 2008

Won
FIPRESCI Prize
Courtney Hunt

Gotham Awards 2008

Won
Gotham Independent Film Award
Best Feature
Courtney Hunt
Heather Rae
Chip Hourihan
Breakthrough Actor
Melissa Leo

Hamburg Film Festival 2008

Won
Critics Award
Courtney Hunt

Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2008

Nominated
HFCS Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Independent Spirit Awards 2009

Won
Independent Spirit Award
Best Female Lead
Melissa Leo
Won
Producers Award
Heather Rae
For Ibid
Nominated
Independent Spirit Award
Best Feature
Chip Hourihan
Heather Rae
Best Supporting Male
Charlie McDermott
Best Supporting Female
Misty Upham
Best Director
Courtney Hunt
Best First Screenplay
Courtney Hunt

Indiewire Critics' Poll 2008

3rd place
ICP Award
Best First Feature
Courtney Hunt
3rd place.
Nominated
ICP Award
Best Lead Performance
Melissa Leo
7th place.

Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) 2010

Nominated
IOMA
Best Actress (Miglior attrice protagonista)
Melissa Leo

Kosmorama, Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival 2009

Nominated
The Kosmorama Award

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2008

2nd place
LAFCA Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Marrakech International Film Festival 2008

Won
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Nominated
Golden Star
Courtney Hunt

Nantucket Film Festival 2008

Won
Writer/Director Award
Courtney Hunt

National Board of Review, USA 2008

Won
NBR Award
Best Directorial Debut
Courtney Hunt
Top Independent Films
Won
Spotlight Award
Melissa Leo

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2009

2nd place
NSFC Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2008

Won
NYFCC Award
Best First Film
Courtney Hunt
2nd place
NYFCC Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Online Film & Television Association 2009

Nominated
OFTA Film Award
Best First Feature
Courtney Hunt
Best First Screenplay
Courtney Hunt

Provincetown International Film Festival 2008

Won
Audience Award
Courtney Hunt

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2008

Won
SIGNIS Award
Courtney Hunt
Won
Silver Seashell
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Tied with Tsilla Chelton for Pandora's Box (2008).
Won
TVE Otra Mirada Award
Courtney Hunt
Nominated
Golden Seashell
Courtney Hunt

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2009

Won
Virtuoso Award
Melissa Leo

Satellite Awards 2008

Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Motion Picture, Drama
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
Melissa Leo
Best Screenplay, Original
Courtney Hunt

Seattle International Film Festival 2008

Won
Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award
Courtney Hunt

Stockholm Film Festival 2008

Won
Bronze Horse
Courtney Hunt

Sundance Film Festival 2008

Won
Grand Jury Prize
Dramatic
Courtney Hunt

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2009

Nominated
TFCA Award
Best First Feature
Courtney Hunt

Utah Film Critics Association Awards 2008

Won
UFCA Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
2nd place
UFCA Award
Best Supporting Actress
Misty Upham

Village Voice Film Poll 2008

2nd place
VVFP Award
Best First Feature
2nd place.

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2008

Won
WFCC Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Best Movie by a Woman
Courtney Hunt

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