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Sally Hawkins in 'Made in Dagenham': Finally, an Oscar bid?

September 27, 2010 |  8:45 am

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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.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics 

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Saw the film as well. I love Sally Hawkins but personally with such an incredible array of strong female performances this year, I would have to leave her out for this. However the Academy will likely find room to nominate her and the pic. Miranda Richardson will get talk as well but of the supporting women, I was most taken with Rosamund Pike.

I've seen "Mad in Dagenham" and Hawkins was brilliant in it. Even better than she was in "Happy-Go-Lucky" which says a lot! She's not a contender for a nomination, but for a win. You should keep an eye on her, Tom. And remember whn February comes and you'll be choosing your predictions for the win. Remember, I was the one who told you to keep an eye on her. ;)


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