Sally Hawkins on Oscar snub
Published 19/11/2010 | 10:45
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."