awards & nominations

Magnolia (1999)

Melinda Dillon as "Rose Gator"

On one random day in the San Fernando Valley, a dying father, a young wife, a male caretaker, a famous lost son, a police officer in love, a boy genius, an ex-boy genius, a game show host and an estranged daughter will each become part of a dazzling multiplicity of plots, but one story.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Absence of Malice (1981)

Melinda Dillon as "Teresa"

Megan Carter is a reporter duped into running an untrue story on Michael Gallagher, a suspected racketeer. He has an alibi for the time his supposed crime was committed but it involves an innocent party. When she tells Carter the truth and the newspaper runs it, tragedy follows, forcing Carter to face up to the responsibilities of her job when she is confronted by Gallagher.

Academy Award (1981)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Melinda Dillon as "Jillian Guiler"

Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.

Academy Award (1977)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role