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Best known for her long running role in the acclaimed TV series Homicide, life on the street, veteran character actress Melissa Leo has been nominated as Best Actress for her role in the independent film Frozen River. Leo portrays a poor single mother in upstate New York  who resorts to smuggling illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants across the U.S.-Canadian border in order to make ends meet. The film was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay.