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Friday 24 February 2017

Sally Hawkins on Oscar snub

Sally Hawkins says a Golden Globe was enough
Sally Hawkins says a Golden Globe was enough

Sally Hawkins says her heart would have "exploded" if she'd been nominated for an Oscar.

The British actress won the 2008 Golden Globe for best actress in a musical or comedy for her lead role in Mike Leigh film Happy-Go-Lucky, beating the likes of Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson.

But when Oscar nominations came out just days later, the 34-year-old got her next big taste of Hollywood life: the awards snub. She was not among the five best-actress nominees, despite riding high on prediction lists.

"It was kind of, well, I've got a Globe. What more do I need?" she said. "Then people were outraged on my behalf, which was lovely, but I thought, well, I'm doing OK, you know? I haven't done badly. But it was very nice that people were outraged, and to even have been in those lists of contenders was mind-blowing for me.

"So no, I was very happy. I mean, the Golden Globes? God knows what the Oscars would have been like. I mean, my heart would have exploded, I think."

The actress is now on the awards watch again for her role as a 1960s British Ford factory worker who leads other women in a strike to demand equal pay as men in the flick Made In Dagenham.

She said: "You don't want it to be a polemic, and you don't want it to preach at people. You just want to tell good stories, so I hope it does catch fire."

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