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Alexandria native scores trio of major film award nominations

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It's been a good week on the awards front for Minnesota native John Hawkes.

Hawkes, who plays a man almost completely debilitated by polio in the true-life tale "The Sessions," was nominated for a Golden Globe Award Thursday for Best Actor in a Motion Pictures Drama for the role.

The nomination comes two days after he was nominated for Best Actor for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (full disclosure: I'm a voting member), and a day after he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Performance by a Male Actor by the Screen Actors Guild.

Hawkes' co-star, Helen Hunt, scored Best Supporting Actress nominations from the BFCA, SAG and the Golden Globes as well.

"The Sessions" tells the story of Mark O'Brien, a journalist who sought to lose his virginity despite his severe disability.

"Mark had the movement of his head and nothing else. But after graduating from college at UC Berkley, he made his living using a mouth stick and an early computer to painstakingly write his articles -- but he was happy to be alive," Hawkes told me in a post-production interview. "He did an article about disabled sex and wondered about his own possibilities. So it's really about Mark's journey to becoming a man in his late 30s."

Hawkes, 53, was also nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead for the role last month.

See the trailer for "The Sessions" below:

Hawkes also stars in a key role in director Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," which was nominated for a leading 13 nominations by the Critics' Choice Movie Awards and seven by the Golden Globes.

The actor, who was born John Perkins in Alexandria, was previously nominated for a Best Supporting Oscar for his role as Jennifer Lawrence's menacing uncle, Teardrop, in the 2010 crime thriller "Winter's Bone."

Bring Me The News news curator Tim Lammers is also a nationally-syndicated movie journalist whose work appears on more than 50 TV affiliate web sites in the U.S. Tim has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career, and locally, he reviews films on "KARE 11 Today" and WCCO Radio. Tim's work is also featured on his website, StrictlyCinema.com.

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