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(2008)

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009

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

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009

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

AFI Awards, USA 2009

Winner
AFI Award
Movie of the Year

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

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

American Indian Film Festival 2008

Winner
American Indian Movie Award
Best Supporting Actress
Misty Upham

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2009

Nominee
Critics Choice Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Central Ohio Film Critics Association 2009

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

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2008

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

Detroit Film Critics Society, US 2008

Nominee
DFCS Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009

Winner
Independent Spirit Award
Best Female Lead
Melissa Leo
Winner
Producers Award
Heather Rae
For Ibid
Nominee
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

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2008

Winner
FFCC Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Galway Film Fleadh 2009

Winner
Feature Film Award
Best First Feature Film
Courtney Hunt

Geneva International Film Festival - Tous Écrans 2008

Winner
FIPRESCI Prize
Courtney Hunt

Gotham Awards 2008

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

Hamburg Film Festival 2008

Winner
Critics Award
Courtney Hunt

Houston Film Critics Society Awards 2008

Nominee
HFCS Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Indiewire Critics' Poll 2008

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

Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) 2010

Nominee
IOMA
Best Actress (Miglior attrice protagonista)
Melissa Leo

Kosmorama, Trondheim Internasjonale Filmfestival 2009

Nominee
The Kosmorama Award

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2008

Nominee
LAFCA Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Marrakech International Film Festival 2008

Winner
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Nominee
Golden Star
Courtney Hunt

Nantucket Film Festival 2008

Winner
Writer/Director Award
Courtney Hunt

National Board of Review, USA 2008

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

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA 2009

Nominee
NSFC Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2008

Winner
NYFCC Award
Best First Film
Courtney Hunt
Nominee
NYFCC Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo

Online Film & Television Association 2009

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

Provincetown International Film Festival 2008

Winner
Audience Award
Courtney Hunt

San Sebastián International Film Festival 2008

Winner
SIGNIS Award
Courtney Hunt
Winner
Silver Seashell
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Tied with Tsilla Chelton for Pandora'nin kutusu (2008).
Winner
TVE Otra Mirada Award
Courtney Hunt
Nominee
Golden Seashell
Courtney Hunt

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2009

Winner
Virtuoso Award
Melissa Leo

Satellite Awards 2008

Nominee
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

Winner
Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award
Courtney Hunt

Stockholm Film Festival 2008

Winner
Bronze Horse
Courtney Hunt

Sundance Film Festival 2008

Winner
Grand Jury Prize
Dramatic
Courtney Hunt

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2008

Nominee
TFCA Award
Best First Feature
Courtney Hunt

Utah Film Critics Association Awards 2008

Winner
UFCA Award
Best Actress
Melissa Leo
Nominee
UFCA Award
Best Supporting Actress
Misty Upham

Village Voice Film Poll 2008

Nominee
VVFP Award
Best First Feature
2nd place.

Women Film Critics Circle Awards 2008

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

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