February 22, 2009

Frozen River wins 2 Spirit Awards

'Frozen River' Actress Wins at Spirit AwardsMelissa Leo won best-actress honors Saturday at the Spirit Awards honoring independent film.

The competition is a tuneup for the Academy Awards on Sunday, where Leo is Oscar-nominated.

Leo gave a whoop as she took the stage to collect her prize for "Frozen River," which got its start a year ago at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the top dramatic honor. She stars as a destitute mother who stumbles into the immigrant-smuggling business with a Mohawk Indian woman along the U.S.-Canada border.

"You are my people. You know you are my people," Leo told the independent-cinema crowd at the awards luncheon in a tent along the Santa Monica beach. "'Frozen River' is a truly independent film."
Comment:  Heather Rae (Cherokee) also received the producer award for Frozen River and Ibid.

For more on the subject, see The Best Indian Movies.

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