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Plot, Details & Awards

Frozen River

(2008)

Rated R for some language.

R In Theaters 08/1/2008 , 96min.
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Plot & Details

A desperate single mother living in upstate New York resorts to smuggling illegal immigrants into the United States as a means of making ends meet in first-time feature director/screenwriter Courtney Hunt's emotionally wrenching drama, winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Feature at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Ray Eddy is in an impossible position; it's two days before Christmas and her husband has suddenly disappeared with all of the family savings. Now, as the newly single mother of two realizes the futility of attempting to cover the house payments on her meager Yankee One Dollar Store wages, her children are forced to exist on a nutritionally devoid diet of popcorn and Tang. Deciding that her only hope for survival is to find a man who will support her and her children, Ray sets out to find a husband but instead makes the acquaintance of street-smart Mohawk Lila Littlewolf. Lila, too, has been struggling to keep her head above water amidst economic despair, and has recently stumbled across a rather unconventional solution to her dire financial situation. Lately, Lila has been earning a living by smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., but her tribal elders vehemently disapprove of the scheme and have recently attempted to stop it by forbidding the local auto dealers from selling her a car. As fate would have it, Ray's Dodge Spirit may just be the only thing the destitute mother can count on anymore, and as this unlikely pair gas up the tank for a daring dash across the iced-over St. Lawrence River, their fates become forever intertwined in ways that neither could have ever anticipated.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Melissa Leo Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Courtney Hunt Nominated

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Woman Director Courtney Hunt Won
2008 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Newcomer Misty Upham Won
2008 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Hanging in There Award for Persistence Melissa Leo Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Melissa Leo Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker Courtney Hunt Nominated
2008 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Melissa Leo Nominated

Detroit Film Critics Society

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actress Melissa Leo Nominated

Florida Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Florida Film Critics Best Actress Melissa Leo Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Melissa Leo Won
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Courtney Hunt Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Chip Hourihan Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Courtney Hunt Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Misty Upham Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Heather Rae Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Charlie McDermott Nominated
2008 Independent Spirit Awards Producers Award Heather Rae Won

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