Poor Sally Hawkins. Her perky performance in "Happy-Go-Lucky" earned her best-actress trophies in 2008 from the Golden Globes, New York Film Critics Circle, L.A. Film Critics Assn. and the National Society of Film Critics, but she wasn't nominated at the Oscars. Now Thelma Adams (Us Weekly, Thelmadams.com) believes there is hope for Hawkins to reap an academy bid for "Made in Dagenham." She sends us this dispatch:
There are Oscar rumbles again for English actress Sally Hawkins, the petite powerhouse from "Happy-Go-Lucky" who now plays a tidy working mum with a good relationship with her husband, kids, co-workers, best friends and still just won’t put up with the bosses' firm belief that women don’t deserve equal pay for equal work. Sure, there will be "Norma Rae" comparisons (OK, that movie won Sally Field her Oscar), but what Hawkins brings to this taut '60s period retro feminist drama can’t be bottled: a sprightliness, compassion, spunk and a sense that this isn’t another actress acting, but a real person we might bump into at the market deciding between smooth or chunky peanut butter.
As for Dagenham, it’s a crowd pleaser with a heart, mind and soul –- it’s thumping about equal pay for equal work for women isn’t strident, but it will make contemporary women wonder why it hasn’t happened yet. Oscar short list for best picture? Yes. There will be excellent word of mouth from mothers, wives and workers united everywhere.
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