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Meet Sally Hawkins: Oscar's next best actress?

March 25, 2008 |  3:40 pm

Our forums poster Atypical points to some new video clips of "Happy-Go-Lucky," the latest from Brit helmer Mike Leigh, whose flicks often find their way into the Oscar derby particularly in the best-actress race (Imelda Staunton, "Vera Drake"; Brenda Blethyn, "Secrets & Lies"). CLICK HERE and look for the "Video" heading at top right. There you can spy the relentlessly chirpy performance of Sally Hawkins as the world's most upbeat, optimistic, never-say-rain schoolteacher. Last month she won best actress at the Berlin Film Festival, which suggests we may see her at the Oscars next. To read one of many cheerful reviews of the flick that opens in the U.K. next month, CLICK HERE Below, chats with Leigh and Hawkins about "Happy-Go-Lucky."